Paganism in the Greek World at the End of Antiquity: The Case of Rural Anatolia and Greece

  title={Paganism in the Greek World at the End of Antiquity: The Case of Rural Anatolia and Greece},
  author={Frank Richard Trombley},
  journal={Harvard Theological Review},
  pages={327 - 352}
  • F. Trombley
  • Published 1 October 1985
  • History
  • Harvard Theological Review
I propose to discuss what might be called the “mechanics of conversion” in the countryside of the sixth-century later Roman Empire. This process consisted fundamentally in implanting monasteries in districts where few villages had been Christianized, or where the population was nominally Christian but so badly instructed that earlier pagan cult practices persisted. There is considerable evidence for rural conditions in the hagiographic lives of monks and in the ecclesiastical histories of this… 
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