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date: 13 August 2022

holy men, pagan 

The Oxford Dictionary of Late Antiquity
Richard L GordonRichard L Gordon

Exponents of claims to knowledge of the divine world acquired independently of civic institutions, poetic inspiration, or philosophic argument. The narrowness of the criteria for admission to elite status in Antiquity meant that the claim to, and active demonstration of personal, usually charismatic religious authority remained attractive from the Archaic period in Greece right through to Late Antiquity as a means of acquiring life-advantages. Success here mainly required social, not technical, skills—maintaining a balance between ... ...

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