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Empires Ancient and Modern

Christopher Bryan

in Render to Caesar: Jesus, the Early Church, and the Roman Superpower

Published in print:
2005
Published Online:
July 2005
ISBN:
9780195183344
eISBN:
9780199835584
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/0195183347.003.0008
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

There are differences as well as parallels between Roman and post-enlightenment imperial experiences. Romans had many shared assumptions in common with those they colonized. Later strife between ... More


‘Like a Stream of Tullian Eloquence’: Lactantius, Cicero, and the Critique of Roman Religion in the Divine Institutes

Mattias P. Gassman

in Worshippers of the Gods: Debating Paganism in the Fourth-Century Roman West

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
July 2020
ISBN:
9780190082444
eISBN:
9780190082475
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780190082444.003.0002
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

Formerly professor of Latin in the court of the emperor Diocletian, Lactantius responded to the Tetrarchic ‘Great Persecution’ with the most extensive defence and exposition of Christianity written ... More


From Superstitio to Heresy: Law and Divine Justice (Fourth–Fifth Centuries CE)

Michele Renee Salzman

in Old Society, New Belief: Religious transformation of China and Rome, ca. 1st-6th Centuries

Published in print:
2017
Published Online:
June 2017
ISBN:
9780190278359
eISBN:
9780190278373
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190278359.003.0016
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions, World History: BCE to 500CE

There are obvious similarities between Roman laws against superstitio—defined as excessive religious credulity, hence magic and private divination, and then paganism—and Roman laws against heresy: ... More


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