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By Frank R. Trombley

This paintings discusses the decline of Greek faith and the christianization of city and geographical region within the japanese Roman Empire among the loss of life of Julian the Apostate and the legislation of Justinian the good opposed to paganism, c. 370-529.
It examines such questions because the impact of the legislation opposed to sacrifice and sorcery, temple conversions, the degradation of pagan gods into daimones, the christianization of ceremony, and the social, political and monetary historical past of conversion to Christianity. numerous neighborhood contexts are tested in nice aspect: Gaza, Athens, Alexandria, Aphrodisias, important Asia Minor, northern Syria, the Nile basin, and the province of Arabia.
It lays specific emphasis at the feedback of epigraphy, felony facts, and hagiographic texts, and lines the demographic progress of Christianity and the chronology of this approach in pick out neighborhood contexts. It additionally seeks to appreciate the behavioral styles of conversion.

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The civic festivals of Edessa reveal traces of the survival o f the tem ples and procès^ sions m entioned here even in the early sixth century,5y The traditional procession of the effigy of A thena in the sacred boat from the Piraeus to the Akropolis whose survival is attested by a late fourth-century inscription^ probably went on in the next century as well. Plutarch, son of Nestorius. who appears in the inscriptions altern ately as sophist and philosopher, and who apparently endowed the N eoplatonic school with considerable properties, personally funded the P anathenaic procession on three occasions before his death in 410 (ος καί τρ ις ποτί νηόν Άθηναιης έπέπλασσεν νουν έλάσας ιερήν):00 T h e demos o f E rcch th cu s h ave set up a [sta tu e o f J P lu ta rch o s, king o f fr h eto rica l an d p h ilo so p h ic a l] d isc o u r ses, w h o th rice sa ile d the sacred ship and m oored it at th e tem p le o f A th en a , h a v in g p ou red ou t great w ealth .

There is substantial evidence to suggest that the image at times provoked physical fear as well, because of the daimnn or numtn thought to reside within it. The worshipper thus had to “ soothe’* the divinity with sacrifices in order to avoid provoking a hostile kratophariy {“ manifestation of power” ), or, put another way, its “daimonic rage” . Infra, Ch. V II, Sect. ) and Ch, V III, Sect, 2 (evidently the local Syrian ba *al). ™ Infra, Ch. IX, Sect. 2. 50 A series of sixth-century examples of this phenomenon arc treated in Frank R.

Infra, Ch. IX, Sect. 2. 50 A series of sixth-century examples of this phenomenon arc treated in Frank R. Trombley, “Religious Transition in Sixth-Century Syria,” Proceedings o j the UCLA Jfyzantinists'' Colloquium^ Scct. 2 (publication data not yet available). 51 Cod. Theod. 3. 57 Infra, Ch. V II, Seer. 1, and Ch, IX, SecL Ί. 16 CHAPTER ONE equal m easure on the persons who actually perpetrated the ritual. The am ount was, needless to say, quite a small fee to pay in order to assure the free practice of one’s religion for a senator or curialis, whose annual income m ight be com puted in hundreds of thousands of solidi** especially if he gave thought to the relationship between the peace of the gods and the good harvest.

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