Because they list all the public holidays and pagan festivals of
the age, calendars provide unique insights into the culture and
everyday life of ancient Rome. The Codex-Calendar of 354
miraculously survived the Fall of Rome. Although it was
subsequently lost, the copies made in the Renaissance remain
invaluable documents of Roman society and religion in the years
between Constantine's conversion and the fall of the Western
Empire.In this richly illustrated book, Michele Renee Salzman
establishes that the traditions of Roman art and literature were
still very much alive in the mid-fourth century. Going beyond this
analysis of precedents and genre, Salzman also studies the Calendar
of 354 as a reflection of the world that produced and used it. Her
work reveals the continuing importance of pagan festivals and cults
in the Christian era and highlights the rise of a respectable
aristocratic Christianity that combined pagan and Christian
practices. Salzman stresses the key role of the Christian emperors
and imperial institutions in supporting pagan rituals. Such
policies of accomodation and assimilation resulted in a gradual and
relatively peaceful transformation of Rome from a pagan to a
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