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 .