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The Last Pagans of Rome$
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Alan Cameron

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199747276

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199747276.001.0001

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Pagan Scholarship: Vergil and His Commentators

Pagan Scholarship: Vergil and His Commentators

(p.567) 16 Pagan Scholarship: Vergil and His Commentators
The Last Pagans of Rome

Alan Cameron

Oxford University Press

Late 4th- and 5th-century western culture was dominated by Vergil. The writings, prose as well as verse, of all educated people, Christians no less than pagans, were steeped in Vergilian echoes and quotations. This chapter examines the comments of Servius and Macrobius regarding cult and ritual in Vergil. Since they are by far the best candidates for identifying any sort of specifically pagan scholarship in late antique Rome, it begins by establishing their credentials as scholars.

Keywords:   Vergil, pagans, paganism, pagan revival, sacrifice, Macrobius, Servius

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