Orphism and Christianity in Late Antiquity
Many recent discoveries have confirmed the importance of Orphism for ancient Greek religion, philosophy and literature. Its nature and role are still, however, among the most debated problems of Classical scholarship. A cornerstone of the question is its relationship to Christianity, which modern authors have too often discussed from apologetic perspectives or projections of the Christian model into its supposed precedent. Besides, modern approaches are strongly based on ancient ones, since Orpheus and the poems and mysteries attributed to him were fundamental in the religious controversies of Late Antiquity. Both Pagan and Christian authors often present Orphism as a precedent, alternative or imitation of Chistianity.
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Orphic religious presence in the Imperial Age
Fields of intersection
Orphic Tradition in Christian Apologetic Literature
Orphism as a bridge between Christianity and Paganism
Orphism in the light of Christian apologetics