STATING THE CASE OF PAGANISM IN 384 AD - ARGUMENTATION IN THE THIRD RELATIO OF SYMMACHUS

K.O. Van Stekelenburg

Abstract


No other document so clearly and dramatically illustrates the death throes of Roman
paganism in its struggle against Christianity than do three letters addressed to the young
Emperor Valentinian II in the year 384 AD. These letters are the third relatio (official
report) by the City Prefect of Rome, Quintus Aurelius Symmachus, and the reactions to its
contents contained in two letters (epp. 17 and 18) of the Bishop of Milan, (Saint) Ambrose,
addressed to that same Prince.

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.7445/38-1-555

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