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Old August 21st, 2015, 12:46 AM   #1

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Last practitioners of traditional Greco-Roman gods/goddesses


As title says, I'm curious how far into late antiquity individuals or groups of people still practiced the traditional gods/goddesses. Particularly interested in the Western regions of Europe of the former Western Roman Empire.

I know that after about 400Ad, for all intents and purposes paganism was
in steep and irreversible decline (at least in the lands still belonging to Rome). I'm sure there had to be people who still at least practiced for a while after that. Believe I read somewhere once, in the modern day area of Switzerland that Mithras was still worshiped until the early 400's still in isolated mountain villages.

Just curious how long would there would have been active holdouts of paganism in Western Europe ( Roman/former Roman areas) during the time frame 400AD and after? I know in the Eastern Roman Empire, which was more heavenly christianized, paganism held out for quite a long time there.

It just seems after Battle of the Frigidus 395 AD, paganism seems to disappear not just politically but socially as well.

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The Sabians - practitioners of a religion rooted in Hellenistic tradition through Hermes Trigmegistus - were conquered in 651 by Muslims, and were thought a 'people of the book' along with Jews and Christians though slowly converted. True Greco-Romans practiced in the Mani peninsula (a mountainous part of the Peloponnese) as late as 804 when they violently resisted conversion.

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From the tenth-century De Administrando Imperio, in reference to an area of the Morea:

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