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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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Classical Revivals and “Pagan” Art

Classical Revivals and “Pagan” Art

(p.691) 19 Classical Revivals and “Pagan” Art
The Last Pagans of Rome

Alan Cameron

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines evidence for a pagan reaction in the art as well as the literature of the late 4th century. It looks at the contorniates (bronze medallions produced in the city of Rome from the mid-4th to the late 5th century), high-quality silver plate, ivory work, and manuscript illumination. It argues that there was no general classical revival in late 4th-century Rome—certainly nothing that can be associated with pagan rather than Christian members of the elite.

Keywords:   Roman aristocrats, pagan aristocrats, paganism, contorniates, silver plate, ivory works, illuminated manuscripts

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