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Justin Martyr, c. 100–165 CE  

William Hugh Clifford Frend and M. J. Edwards

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Mar 2016
Justin Martyr (c. 100–165 ce), a Christian *apologist, flourished under *Antoninus Pius and died a martyr in Rome after his condemnation as a Christian (see christianity) by the *praefectus urbiQ. ... More

pagan, paganism  

Philip Rousseau

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Dec 2015
The Latin word paganus means literally “one who inhabits a *pagus”: see Festus, 247Lindsay, and *Servius's comment on *Virgil's phrase pagos et compita circum (G. 2. 382). By imperial times (e.g. ... More

possession, religious  

H. S. Versnel

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Mar 2016
That a human being might become possessed by a supernatural power was a fairly common ancient belief. The effect might be a prophetic frenzy as in the case of the trance (see delphic oracle). Plato ... More

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