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The Religious World of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus

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Jill Mitchell

ISBN 978-615-81689-6-0

eISBN 978-615-81793-7-9

March 2021

Paperback, in colour, pp. 351

Pre-order price: 33 €
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BOOK DESCRIPTION 

“The Religious World of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus” examines the religious life of one of the last pagan senators of Rome, dates c. 340-402, who lived in a tumultuous time during the Late Antique period of the Roman Empire, dying just a few years before the Western Empire began to break up. Symmachus could not have imagined the political reality developing so soon after his death, so he is important as a late example of the old Roman Western aristocracy, as well as one of the last pagans of Rome. He was regarded as the foremost orator of his time and was a prolific letter-writer who had correspondents in high places and throughout the Empire. He also filled the posts of Urban Prefect of Rome and Consul - and was the opponent of Bishop Ambrose of Milan during the so-called 384 CE “Altar of Victory Dispute,” which was one episode of many leading to the “ triumph” of Christianity over traditional Roman polytheism. Symmachus’ cache of 900 private letters and his official despatches while Urban Prefect have provided the raw material for this book. 

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The Religious World of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus

The Religious World of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus

Jill Mitchell

ISBN 978-615-81689-6-0

eISBN 978-615-81793-7-9

March 2021

Paperback, in colour, pp. 351

Pre-order price: 33 €
Place your pre-order by March 29 at sales@trivent-publishing.eu

BOOK DESCRIPTION 

“The Religious World of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus” examines the religious life of one of the last pagan senators of Rome, dates c. 340-402, who lived in a tumultuous time during the Late Antique period of the Roman Empire, dying just a few years before the Western Empire began to break up. Symmachus could not have imagined the political reality developing so soon after his death, so he is important as a late example of the old Roman Western aristocracy, as well as one of the last pagans of Rome. He was regarded as the foremost orator of his time and was a prolific letter-writer who had correspondents in high places and throughout the Empire. He also filled the posts of Urban Prefect of Rome and Consul - and was the opponent of Bishop Ambrose of Milan during the so-called 384 CE “Altar of Victory Dispute,” which was one episode of many leading to the “ triumph” of Christianity over traditional Roman polytheism. Symmachus’ cache of 900 private letters and his official despatches while Urban Prefect have provided the raw material for this book. 

 

TABLE OF CONTENTS

Foreword

CHAPTER 1. Quintus Aurelius Symmachus and His World

CHAPTER 2. Literary Pursuits, Amicitia and Aristocratic Life

CHAPTER 3. Symmachus’ Religious Landscape

CHAPTER 4. Symmachus’ Religious Language

CHAPTER 5. Symmachus’ Religious Ritual

CHAPTER 6. Symmachus and the Religious Crisis of 384

CHAPTER 7. Symmachus and the Twilight of the Gods

Appendices

Bibliography

Index

Specific References

JILL MITCHELL did a degree in Medieval and Modern History which inspired a lifelong interest in the period of Late Antiquity. After a career first as a librarian and later as a community worker with the elderly, she took up Classics in early retirement, completing first a Masters degree, and then a Ph.D. finished in 2017, on which the current volume is based. Married with two sons, she comes from Scotland, but now lives in Yorkshire. She enjoys reading, singing, eating out and travelling widely when circumstances permit.

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