Pagan Monotheism in Late Antiquity

Paperback | November 1, 2001

EditorPolymnia Athanassiadi, Michael Frede

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In this book distinguished experts from a range of disciplines, including orientalists, philologists, philosophers, theologians, and historians, address a central problem which lies at the heart of the religious and philosophical debate of late antiquity. Paganism was not a unified traditionand consequently the papers cover a wide social and intellectual spectrum. Particular emphasis is given to several aspects of the topic: first, monotheistic belief in late antique philosophical ideals and its roots in classical antiquity and the Near East; second, monistic Gnosticism; third, therevelatory tradition as expressed in oracular literature; and finally, the monotheistic trend in popular religion.

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In this book distinguished experts from a range of disciplines, including orientalists, philologists, philosophers, theologians, and historians, address a central problem which lies at the heart of the religious and philosophical debate of late antiquity. Paganism was not a unified traditionand consequently the papers cover a wide soci...

Polymnia Athanassiadi is a Professor of Late Antique History, University of Athens. Michael Frede is a Professor of the History of Philosophy, and Fellow of Keble College, Oxford.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:224 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 0.51 inPublished:November 1, 2001Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019924801X

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IntroductionTowards MonotheismMonotheism and Pagan PhilosophyMonotheism in the Gnostic TraditionThe Cult of Theos HypsistosThe Chaldean OraclesThe Speech of Praetextatus

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