Riot in Alexandria: Tradition and Group Dynamics in Late Antique Pagan and Christian Communities


Abstract


Riot in Alexandria begins in an unusual way: the first chapter ('The Anatomy of a Riot') dives straight into describing events in Alexandria in Paralius, a teenager from Aphrodisias, arrived in Alexandria as an impressionable student. One of converted to Christianity and joined the influence of this brother and authority of his pagan teachers. Alexandrian suburb) - reputed to teachers, but considered demonic the focus of his attack on his teachers. assaulting Paralius. This confrontation weekend of anti-pagan activity' shrine and its contents as a public the pagans, led by Peter Mongus, struggling to regain his credibility emperor, Zeno. Peter was acutely revive the memory of the 391 destruction bonding experience for Chalcedonian Christians.

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