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The Religious World of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus
The Religious World of Quintus Aurelius Symmachus

Author(s): Jill Mitchell
Subject(s): Christian Theology and Religion, History, Archaeology, Political history, Ancient World, Theology and Religion, History of Religion
Published by: Trivent Publishing
Keywords: Rome; Roman Empire; pagan; Late Antiquity; Roman aristocracy; Altar of Victory Dispute; Christianity; polytheism; religion;
Summary/Abstract: “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.

  • E-ISBN-13: 978-615-81793-7-9
  • Print-ISBN-13: 978-615-81689-6-0
  • Page Count: 351
  • Publication Year: 2021
  • Language: English