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The darkening age : the Christian destruction of the Classical world

By: Nixey, Catherine

1509816070 / 9781509816071
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20 cm 352 pages : illustrations (black and white, and colour), maps (black and white)
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Reprint. Originally published: London: Macmillan, 2017.

In The Darkening Age, Catherine Nixey tells the little-known - and deeply shocking - story of how a militant religion deliberately tried to extinguish the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in unquestioning adherence to the 'one true faith'. The Roman Empire had been generous in embracing and absorbing new creeds. But with the coming of Christianity, everything changed. This new faith, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and intolerant. And once it became the religion of empire, its zealous adherents set about the destruction of the old gods. Their altars were upturned, their temples demolished and their statues hacked to pieces. Books, including great works of philosophy and science, were consigned to the pyre. It was an annihilation. A Book of the Year in the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator, the Observer, and BBC History MagazineA New York Times Book Review Editors' ChoiceWinner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Nonfiction


3F c 500 CE to c 1000 CE, HBG General & world history, HBLC Early history: c 500 to c 1450/1500, HRAX History of religion, HRCC1 The Early Church

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