Paganism in the Middle Ages: Threat and Fascination (Mediaevalia Lovaniensia) (English, French, German and Italian Edition)

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In this volume, the persistence, resurgence, threat, fascination, and repression of various forms of pagan culture are studied in an interdisciplinary perspective from late antiquity to the upcoming Renaissance. The contributions deal with the survival of pagan beliefs and practices as well as with the Christianization of pagan rural populations and with the different strategies of oppression of pagan beliefs. They deal with the problems raised by the encounter with pagan cultures outside the Muslim world and examine how philosophers attempted to "save" the great philosophers and poets from ancient culture notwithstanding their paganism. The contributors also study the fascination of classic "pagan" culture among friars in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries and the imitation of pagan models of virtue and mythology in Renaissance poetry.

Contributors: Carlos Steel, KU Leuven–University of Leuven; John Marenbon, Trinity College, Cambridge; Ludo Milis, University of Ghent; Marc-André Wagner, Brigitte Meijns, University of Leuven; Rob Meens, University of Utrecht; Edina Bozoky, Université de Poitiers; Henryk Anzulewicz, Albertus-Magnus Institut, Bonn; Robrecht Lievens, KU Leuven–University of Leuven; Stefano Pittaluga, Università di Genova; Anna Akasoy, Ruhr-Universitat Bochum

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Carlos Steel is Professor Emeritus at the Institute of Philosophy and former President of the Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Leuven.



John Marenbon is Senior Research Fellow, Trinity College, Cambridge and Honorary Professor of Medieval Philosophy at the University of Cambridge.



Werner Verbeke is Professor Emeritus in Medieval History and former secretary of the Institute of Medieval Studies, University of Leuven.

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