- Series: Wiles Lectures Given at the Queens University, Belfast (Book 1963)
- Paperback: 164 pages
- Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Reprint edition (February 22, 1991)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0521385997
- ISBN-13: 978-0521385992
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 0.4 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 9.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,122,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Pagan and Christian in an Age of Anxiety: Some Aspects of Religious Experience from Marcus Aurelius to Constantine (Wiles Lectures Given at the Queens University, Belfast) Reprint Edition
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The book has a huge number of citations from original texts and from a handful of high quality studies by Daniélou, Festugière, and Nilsson, among others. This book will be useful for those researching the history of philosophy, the history of Mediterranean pagan religions, and the history of Christianity. A huge amount of knowledge is required of an author to write with authority about so many thinkers (such as the satirical celestial voyage in Lucian's Icaromenippus, the dream books of Aelius Aristides, and the biblical scholarship of Porphyry) and we are lucky that this book exists; it is neither a shallow survey for an undergraduate reader nor a disciplinary monograph that only a professional scholar would bother to read.