chapter  1
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Approaching paganism

Pagans, so primitive Christian ending 4 Roman government 4 Germanic invaders 8 Beyond the Roman pale 1 1 Beyond the Byzantine pale 1 3 Evidence 1 5 Latin and other languages 1 5 Greek and Roman windows on barbarian culture 1 8

What is 'paganism'? Where did it exist in Europe and by what stages did it disappear? What do authors tell us about European paganism in its hey­ day? These are the questions which this introductory chapter addresses. We shall look later at the stylised views that Christian authors have of dying paganism, in Chapter 8 .