The Discarded Image: An Introduction to Medieval and Renaissance Literature - Chapter IV: Selected Materials: The Seminal Period Summary & Analysis

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Chapter IV: Selected Materials: The Seminal Period Summary and Analysis

Following the classical period is what is known as the seminal period, the period which marked the transition from a Pagan West to the Medieval West which was dominated by the influence of Christianity. While this period is marked by great conflicts between Pagans and Christians (both intellectually and violently), it would be a mistake to think, as many have, that there was a bold line which separated Pagan from Christian. In fact, despite the enmity that often existed between them, Christians and Pagans borrowed frequently from the history and heritage of the other, to such an extent that it is difficult to determine whether some writers are Pagan or Christian.

The first of the important figures from this period is Chalcidius, who is most famous for his translation...

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