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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 Poem Against the Pagans

The Poem Against the Pagans

(p.273) 8 The Poem Against the Pagans
The Last Pagans of Rome

Alan Cameron

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the anti-pagan poem, Carmen contra paganos (CCP). Since the subject of the poem was both prefect and consul, as Flavian was in 394, the poem was assigned to this year and interpreted as an attack on Flavian written shortly after his death. The tirade against pagan cults it contains was read as a reflection of the pagan revival he supposedly directed. However, the structure, tenor, and themes of the poem as a whole simply do not fit with what is known of Flavian and his part in the rebellion of Eugenius.

Keywords:   Carmen contra paganos, pagan prefect, pagan revival, Flavian, Eugenius, anti-pagan poem

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