Garth Fowden is Research Professor at the Centre for Greek and Roman Antiquity of the National Research Foundation, Athens. He is the author of The Egyptian Hermes: A Historical Approach to the Late Pagan Mind and Empire to Commonwealth: Consequences of Monotheism in Late Antiquity. (December 2000)

IN THE REVIEW

Varieties of Polytheistic Experience

Christianity and Paganism in the Fourth to Eighth Centuries

by Ramsay MacMullen
Once upon a time, perhaps toward the end of the eighteenth century, at any rate when Greece was still part of the Ottoman Empire, Athens was suffering from a long drought. The Turks went to their mosques and prayed to Allah, to no avail. The Greeks gathered in their churches …