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Old Society, New Belief: Religious transformation of China and Rome, ca. 1st-6th Centuries

Mu-chou Poo, H. A. Drake, and Lisa Raphals


In the first century of the Common Era, two new belief systems entered long-established cultures with radically different outlooks and values: in that century, missionaries started to spread the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth in the Roman empire and the Buddha in China. Both were not only ancient cultures but also cultures whose elites felt no particular urgency to adopt a new religion. Yet a few centuries later, the two new faiths had become so well established that their names were virtually synonymous with the polities they had entered as strangers. This book brings together specialists in ... More

Keywords: early Christianity, early Buddhism, religious encounter, religious accommodation, religious assimilation, religious contestation

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780190278359
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: June 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278359.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mu-chou Poo, editor
Chair Professor of History, Chinese University of Hong Kong

H. A. Drake, editor
Research Professor of History, University of California, Santa Barbara

Lisa Raphals, editor
Professor, Chinese and Comparative Literature, University of California, Riverside

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