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Pagans and Christians Paperback – July 6, 2006


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 800 pages
  • Publisher: Penguin Books (July 6, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0141022957
  • ISBN-13: 978-0141022956
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 1.3 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,278,032 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Robin Lane Fox is Britain's most widely admired ancient historian. He was born in 1946 and educated at Eton and Magdalen College, Oxford. He is a Fellow of New College, Oxford, and a University Reader in Ancient History. His other books include Alexander the Great (of which Penguin has now sold over 100,000 copies), Pagans and Christians and The Unauthorized Version. He was historical advisor to Oliver Stone on the making of Stone's film Alexander, for which he waived all his fees on condition that he could take part in the cavalry charge against elephants which Stone staged in the Moroccan desert.

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33 of 33 people found the following review helpful By S. J. Snyder on October 12, 2006
Format: Paperback
Late paganism was moribund, decrepit and sclerotic; it had no chance against the rise of Christianity.

Well, so goes the historical myth.

But, not true, says Robin Lane Fox; certainly not true in the countrysides of the Roman Empire, which, by the way, was the last place in which Christianity took hold.

Fox paints a rural, and urban, Roman Imperium where, aside from the skepticism of some philosophers, some form of pagan belief remained vital even years after Constantine convened the Council of Nicaea.

Fox concentrates on the various Roman provinces of Asia Minor, and focuses on the second century. The combination of choices is very good for comparison and contrast work between paganism and Christianity. The countryside here was more densely populated than in most of the empire; this more densely rural demographic meant that rural didn't necessarily mean rustic. And, as this was the prime growth area of early Christianity, Fox is able to put this growth in context, and ask, and even tentatively answer, some questions about that growth.

The second century is the right time, too, getting into the era of the first Christian consolidations of doctrine, the first wave of post-biblical books being written, and so forth.

An excellent, eye-opening, and in-depth book.
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A brilliant discussion by a gifted ancient history expert. While his book tends to focus more on the Pagans, the treatment of both groups is balanced--and in great detail.
If you want to know about the world that Jesus, Peter, Paul the Apostle and the other early Christians lived and worked in, this is your read. You will learn things that I've not seen anywhere else.
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Fox explores both the similarities and differences between christians and pagans, considering how through their hostile relationship, they shaped and informed one another.
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