The Darkening Age : The Christian Destruction of the Classical World

The Darkening Age : The Christian Destruction of the Classical World

Description

In The Darkening Age, Catherine Nixey tells the little-known - and deeply shocking - story of how a militant religion deliberately tried to extinguish the teachings of the Classical world, ushering in unquestioning adherence to the 'one true faith'.

The Roman Empire had been generous in embracing and absorbing new creeds. But with the coming of Christianity, everything changed. This new faith, despite preaching peace, was violent, ruthless and intolerant. And once it became the religion of empire, its zealous adherents set about the destruction of the old gods. Their altars were upturned, their temples demolished and their statues hacked to pieces. Books, including great works of philosophy and science, were consigned to the pyre. It was an annihilation.

A Book of the Year in the Daily Telegraph, the Spectator, the Observer, and BBC History Magazine
A New York Times Book Review Editors' Choice
Winner of the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for Nonfiction


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Details

Author(s)
Catherine Nixey
Format
Paperback | 352 pages
Dimensions
130 x 197 x 24mm | 278g
Publication date
14 Jun 2018
Publisher
Pan MacMillan
Imprint
Pan Books
Publication City/Country
London, United Kingdom
Language
English
Edition Statement
Main Market Ed.
Illustrations note
16pp plates
ISBN10
1509816070
ISBN13
9781509816071
Bestsellers rank
1,385