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This article analyses the preaching of Caesarius of Arles (in particular the Admonitiones) as a sustained attack on contemporary popular culture. It situates this process in the context of the question of the “democratisation of culture” in Late Antiquity, an enduring historiographical debate in which Caesarius plays a starring role. The analysis focuses in detail on the bishop’s programmatic letter, the so-called Sermo 1, and unpicks the strategies used to stigmatise key aspects of popular culture as well as considering the reception of his campaign.
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Grig, L., 28 Nov 2016, Popular Culture in the Ancient World. Grig, L. (ed.). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, p. 237-256 19 p.
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