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CONTENTS Acknowledgements List of Abbreviations CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION Demarcation of Boundaries and the Problem of incerti Polemic and Polarization CHAPTER 2 CONSTRUCTING AND DECONSTRUCTING DICHOTOMIES Between the Darkness and the Light Naming the otherness The Birth of Paganism Dichotomous Presuppositions and Grey Areas Subversions Incerti on-the-move Divided Loyalties or the Necessity of Choice? Leading a Double Life Opportunists and Turncoats ¿ Attitudes towards incerti Feigned Conversions and ¿Cryptopagans¿ The two Cities Interwovenness and Separation CHAPTER 3 DEBATE, POLEMIC AND DIALOGUE Identity and Otherness The Rhetoric of Boundaries Debate, Polemic and otherness Argumentation Dialogue and otherness Dialogue and Mission Conversion Between the Old and the New Wretched Christians and good pagans Big fish CHAPTER 4 RELIGIO AND SUPERSTITIO The Boundaries of religio Relocating the Boundaries Paganism becomes superstitio Continuity and Change Paganism, superstitio and Magic CHAPTER 5 CEREMONIES OF LIGHT AND DARK Corrupt and Shameful Rituals Unclean Purificatory Rites Public versus Private Acts of Sacrifice Blood versus Spirit Pompa diaboli ¿ Condemning Spectacles The Grey Area of Urban Festivals Redefining Content and Boundaries CHAPTER 6 GODS AND DEMONS I ONE AND MANY Ignobilis turba deorum ¿ the Multitude of Gods Between Monotheism and Polytheism Shared Premises and Monotheistic Tendencies The Paradox of Monotheism II GODS The Gods of the Civic Religion Deceased Humans Anthropomorphic Gods and Suffering Saviours The Depraved Gods Inadequate Gods and Empty Idols Signa and the Threat of Idols III DEMONS From Gods to Demons Divine Miracles and Demonic Magic Associates ¿ Angels and Demons The Creator and the Creation One God, one Emperor, one Empire
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Apologetics -- History -- Early church, ca. 30-600.
Christianity and other religions -- Roman.
Rome -- Religion.