Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries

Author(s): 
MacMullen, Ramsay
ISBN: 
0300080778
Date published: 
November 1999
Paperback
Price: 
£10.50
Pages: 
288

The slaughter of animals for religious feasts, the tinkling of bells to ward off evil during holy rites, the custom of dancing in religious services - these and many other pagan practices persisted in the Christian church for hundreds of years after Constantine proclaimed Christianity the one official religion of Rome. In this book, Ramsay MacMullen investigates the transition from paganism to Christianity between the fourth and eighth centuries. He reassesses the triumph of Christianity, contending that it was neither tidy nor quick, and he shows that the two religious systems were both vital during an interactive period that lasted far longer than historians have previously believed.