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The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Sophie Lunn-RockliffeSophie Lunn-Rockliffe, Oliver NicholsonOliver Nicholson

A widely understood term used to describe collectively the full varied range of Graeco-Roman religion outside the Judaeo-Christian tradition. The construction of paganism as a unified and monolithic religious opponent was in part the polemical creation of Late Antique Christians. It is therefore necessary to recognize that the terms ‘pagan’ and ‘paganism’ are shorthand for a considerable variety of cults, beliefs, and ritual practices, many of them unconnected with each other.... ...

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