Pagani e Cristiani a Siracusa tra il III e il IV secolo d. C.

Humphries, Mark (2005) Pagani e Cristiani a Siracusa tra il III e il IV secolo d. C. Classical Review, 55. pp. 299-300.

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Rosario Greco’s study of the religious dynamics of third- and fourth-century Syracuse starts with a promise to approach the subject free from the Christianizing preconceptions that have often bedevilled such studies in the past (p. 7). His first chapter (on pagan cults in late antique Syracuse) begins in a style that holds true to this intention: a broadside against the use of the monolithic term ‘paganism’ and the author’s preference for an emphasis on plural ‘pagan religions’ (p. 13). He is similarly scathing of any credence given to legends of the apostolic foundation of Christianity at Syracuse (p. 53 and n. 10). Some readers might see the need to make such points as rather quaint. But pious, Christianizing whimsy (memorably characterized as ‘maudlin flapdoodle’ by E. A. Thompson in Who Was St Patrick? [Woodbridge, 1985], 165) can be remarkably tenacious: thus G.’s polemical declarations are worth making.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Syracuse
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Ancient Classics
Item ID: 617
Depositing User: M Humphries
Date Deposited: 20 Jul 2007
Journal or Publication Title: Classical Review
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Refereed: Yes

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