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The Darkening Age

The Christian Destruction of the Classical World

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Macmillan

21 September 17
9781509812325
352
£20.00
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Synopsis

The Darkening Age is the largely unknown story of how a militant religion deliberately attacked and suppressed the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in centuries of unquestioning adherence to 'one true faith'.

Despite the long-held notion that the early Christians were meek and mild, going to their martyr's deaths singing hymns of love and praise, the truth, as Catherine Nixey reveals, is very different. Far from being meek and mild, they were violent, ruthless and fundamentally intolerant. Unlike the polytheistic world, in which the addition of one new religion made no fundamental difference to the old ones, this new ideology stated not only that it was the way, the truth and the light but that, by extension, every single other way was wrong and had to be destroyed. From the 1st century to the 6th, those who didn't fall into step with its beliefs were pursued in every possible way: social, legal, financial and physical. Their altars were upturned and their temples demolished, their statues hacked to pieces and their priests killed. It was an annihilation.

Authoritative, vividly written and utterly compelling, this is a remarkable debut from a brilliant young historian.

Catherine Nixey at Heffers' Classics Forum 2017

Catherine Nixey at Heffers' Classics Forum 2017

  • The Library
    The Library
    Cambridge Union Society 9a Bridge Street Cambridge, CB2 1UB UNITED KINGDOM
  • 28 October 2017 16:50
28 October 2017 04:50Z 28 October 2017 05:15Z

Catherine Nixey will be discussing her acclaimed new book, The Darkening Age, at The Heffers' Classics Forum 2017. It is a gripping account of how the early Christians annihilated the teachings of ...

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Catherine Nixey at Southwark Cathedral

Catherine Nixey at Southwark Cathedral

  • The Library, Southwark Cathedral
    The Library, Southwark Cathedral
    London Bridge London, SE1 9DA UNITED KINGDOM
  • 02 November 2017 19:00
02 November 2017 07:00Z 02 November 2017 08:30Z

Join us for this talk by historian and journalist Catherine Nixey on her publication The Darkening Age. Catherine will talking about the largely unknown story of how a militant religion comprehensi...

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Catherine Nixey in conversation with Rev David Stephenson

Catherine Nixey in conversation with Rev David Stephenson

  • The George Farha Auditorium
    The George Farha Auditorium
    Dulwich College , UNITED KINGDOM
  • 11 November 2017 11:30
11 November 2017 11:30Z 11 November 2017 12:30Z

Despite the long-held notion that the early Christians were meek and mild, going to their martyr’s deaths singing hymns of love and praise, the truth, as Catherine Nixey reveals in her new book The...

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