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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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Pagans and Polytheists

Pagans and Polytheists

(p.14) 1 Pagans and Polytheists
The Last Pagans of Rome

Alan Cameron

Oxford University Press

This chapter justifies the term “pagan”. The earliest documented meaning of the Latin paganus was apparently “rural,” from pagus, a rural district. But to judge from surviving texts, the dominant meaning by the early empire was “civilian,” as opposed to “military.” Soon after the middle of the 4th century, it became the standard Latin designation for non-Christians. It is less well known that by as early as the 1st century the word had passed into Greek, where it still survives in the modern language—but only in the second of these three meanings. The chapter also discusses the use of the term “polytheist” in place of “pagan”.

Keywords:   pagan, paganus, Latin, Greek, polytheist

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