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There's no contract over the way to identify the 'pagan' cults of past due antiquity. sincerely they have been extra different than this Christian label indicates, but in addition exhibited developments in the direction of monotheism and inner adjustments which makes it tricky to explain them as 'traditional cults'. This quantity, consisting of huge bibliographic essays, considers the decline of city temples along the various evolution of different focii of cult perform and identification. The papers demonstrate nice nearby variety within the improvement of overdue old paganism, and recommend that the time has come to desert a unmarried compelling narrative of 'the finish of the temples' in line with criminal assets and literary debts. even supposing temple destructions are attested, in a few areas the tip of paganism was once either sluggish and untraumatic, with extra co-existence with Christianity than one may have expected.Contributors are Javier Arce, Béatrice Caseau, Georgios Deligiannakis, Koen Demarsin, Jitse H.F. Dijkstra, Demetrios Eliopoulos, James Gerrard, Penelope J. Goodman, David Gwynn, Luke Lavan, Michael Mulryan, Helen G. Saradi, Eberhard W. Sauer, Gareth Sears, Peter Talloen, Peter Van Nuffelen and Lies Vercauteren.

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