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Marius the Epicurean : His Sensations and Ideas Volume I of Ii, 1885

By Pater, Walter Horatio

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Title: Marius the Epicurean : His Sensations and Ideas Volume I of Ii, 1885  
Author: Pater, Walter Horatio
Language: English
Subject: Fiction, Literature, Poetry
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Publisher: The Victorian Prose Archive


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Pater, W. H., & Alfred J. Drak, E. B. (n.d.). Marius the Epicurean : His Sensations and Ideas Volume I of Ii, 1885. Retrieved from

Victorian Literature

Excerpts: AS, in the triumph of Christianity, the old religion lingered latest in the country, and died out at last as but paganism?the religion of the villagers?before the advance of the Christian Church; so, in an earlier century, it was in places remote from town life that the older and purer forms of paganism itself had survived the longest. While, in Rome, new religions had arisen with bewildering complexity around the dying old one, the earlier and simpler patriarchal religion, ?the religion of Numa,? as people loved to fancy, lingered on with little change amid the pastoral life, cut of the habits and sentiment of which so much of it had grown. Glimpses of such a survival we may catch below the merely artificial attitudes of Latin pastoral poetry; in Tibullus especially, who has preserved for us many poetic details of old Roman religious usage.


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