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One God

One God

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Published by: Taras Skeptic on Oct 25, 2012
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ONE GOD
Graeco-Roman religion in its classic form was polytheistic; on theother hand, monotheistic ideas enjoyed wide currency in ancient phi-losophy. This contradiction provides a challenge for our understand-ing of ancient pagan religion. Certain forms of cult activity, including acclamations of ‘one god’ and the worship of Theos Hypsistos, thehighest god, have sometimes been interpreted as evidence for paganmonotheism. This book discusses pagan monotheism in its philo-sophical and intellectual context, traces the evolution of new religiousideasinthetimeoftheRomanEmpire,andevaluatestheusefulnessof the term monotheism’ as a way of understanding these developmentsin later antiquity outside the context of Judaism and Christianity.In doing so, it establishes a new framework for understanding therelationship between polytheistic and monotheistic religious culturesbetween the first and fourth centuries
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stephen mitchell
is Leverhulme Professor of Hellenistic Cultureat the University of Exeter and a Fellow of the British Academy.His previous books include
A History of the Later Roman Empire 
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284–641 
(
2007
).
peter van nuffelen
isResearchProfessorofAncientHistoryattheUniversity of Ghent. He has published numerous articles on aspectsof the ancient and medieval worlds, and has recently edited
Faces of  Hellenism
(
2009
), and co-edited (with Stephen Mitchell)
MonotheismBetween Christians and Pagans in Late Antiquity 
(
2009
).

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