Pagan and Christian Rome

Pagan and Christian Rome

  • There is so much yet to learn about the relative interconnection between pagan and early Christian beliefs, especially during their first manifestations in Ancient Rome. Theoretically, according to the Christian Bible, Christ did not set out to create a religion of his own, rather to reform the corruption that was spreading through certain sects of the Jewish faith. Chronologically, Christianity practiced in the earliest forms with a certain tide over of early Jewish and Roman roots, and a healthy dose of Northern influence from the Gauls and the Saxons as invading tribes brought new influences to Rome. This book is very interesting, despite its age, as the author backtracks to several moments in history where pagans and Christians co-existed in Rome, eventually taking and grafting pieces of each other to incorporate extra elements of worship still practiced. Pagan and Christian Rome by Rodolfo Amedeo Lanciani is a thorough and informative account of the subject. The author has written about the Pagan shrines and temples, the christian churches, the Imperial Tombs and the Papal Tombs. The author has explained the history and details about the above in great detail, which is very enriching.