Pagan Monotheism in Late Antiquity

Polymnia Athanassiadi and Michael Frede (eds), Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1999, 224 p,

Description

In this book distinguished experts from a range of disciplines (Orientalists, philologists, philosophers, theologians and historians) address a central problem which lies at the heart of the religious and philosophical debate of late antiquity. Paganism was not a unified tradition and consequently the papers cover a wide social and intellectual spectrum. Particular emphasis is given to several aspects of the topic: first, monotheistic belief in late antique philosophical ideals and its roots in classical antiquity and the Near East; second, monistic Gnosticism; third, the revelatory tradition as expressed in oracular literature; and finally, the monotheistic trend in popular religion.

(Text from the publisher)

Table of contents

Introduction

Towards Monotheism

Monotheism and Pagan Philosophy

Monotheism in the Gnostic Tradition

The Cult of Theos Hypsistos

The Chaldean Oracles

The Speech of Praetextatus

Link: https://muse.jhu.edu/article/10109

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