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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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The Frigidus

The Frigidus

(p.93) 3 The Frigidus
The Last Pagans of Rome

Alan Cameron

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines accounts of the Frigidus campaign. In his continuation of Eusebius's Ecclesiastical History, written in 402/3, Rufinus of Aquileia gives a vivid account of the confrontation between Theodosius and Eugenius by the river Frigidus. Rufinus's account proved influential, among contemporaries and successors, as well as among modern historians. Most modern critics have also taken Christian representations of the Frigidus more or less literally as historical narratives that describe the defeat of a dangerous pagan uprising, reflecting a perspective unique to the special circumstances of Eugenius's rebellion.

Keywords:   Rufinus of Aquileia, Eusebius, Frigidus, Christians, pagan rebellion

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