Pagan and Christian in an Age of Anxiety: Some Aspects of Religious Experience from Marcus Aurelius to Constantine

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Cambridge University Press, 1965 - History - 144 pages
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Interest in the world of Late Antiquity is currently undergoing a significant revival, and in this provocative book, now reissued in paperback, E. R. Dodds anticipated some of the themes now engaging scholars. There is abundant material for the study of religious experience in late antiquity, and through it Professor Dodds examines, from a sociological and psychological standpoint, the personal religious attitudes and experiences common to pagans and Christians in the period between Marcus Aurelius and Constantine. He looks first at general attitudes to the world and the human condition before turning to specific types of human experience. World-hatred and asceticism, dreams and states of possession, and pagan and Christian mysticism are all discussed. Finally Dodds considers both pagan views of Christianity and Christian views of paganism as they emerge in the literature of the time. Although primarily written for social and religious historians, this study will also appeal to all those interested in the ancient world and its thought.
  

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Contents

MAN AND THE MATERIAL WORLD
1
MAN AND THE DAEMONIC WORLD
37
MAN AND THE DIVINE WORLD
69
THE DIALOGUE OF PAGANISM WITH CHRISTIANITY
102
INDEX
139
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Robert Dodds was born inEngland and grew up in Yorkshire and Kent with a neuroticdog and a tortoise. He went to Oxford University to study English andthen became a teacher. After a few years working in England, Mexico, and the USA, he settled in Edinburgh. By this time he was a filmmakeras well as a teacher, and he set up a new degree course in film andtelevision production at Edinburgh College of Art in the late 1980s. Hestill works at Edinburgh College of Art for part of the year. Aswell as producing a variety of work for television, radio, and theatre, Roberthas had four books published. This is his first title for A & C Black.

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