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The End of the Pagan City Religion, Economy, and Urbanism in Late Antique North Africa

ISBN: 9780199570928 | 0199570922
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Pub. Date: 8/24/2013

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This book focuses primarily on the end of the pagan religious tradition and the dismantling of its material form in North Africa (modern Algeria, Tunisia, and Libya) from the 4th to the 6th centuries AD. Leone considers how urban communities changed, why some traditions were lost and some others continued, and whether these carried the same value and meaning upon doing so. Addressing two main issues, mainly from an archaeological perspective, it explores thechange in religious habits and practices, and the consequent recycling and reuse of pagan monuments and materials, and investigates to what extent these physical processes were driven by religious motivations and contrasts, or were merely stimulated by economic issues.


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