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The Last Pagans of Rome

Alan Cameron


Eusebius' Ecclesiastical History (402/3 CE) gives a vivid account of the confrontation between the Eastern Roman Emperor Theodosius and the Western usurper Eugenius. To many, the defeat of Eugenius and his pagan followers along the Frigidus River in 394 was the last gasp of a vigorous pagan revolt in the late 4th century, one spearheaded by the Roman aristocracy. This elaborate campaign to derail Christianity, as the story goes, consisted of identifiable pagan literary circles, pagan patronage of the classics, and pagan propaganda in art and literature. Recently, however, scholars have shown t ... More

Keywords: Eusebius, ecclesiastical history, pagans, Christianity, pagan revival, Greek culture

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199747276
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747276.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Alan Cameron, author
Columbia University