Ezquerra, Romanising Oriental Gods – freely accessible online!

Just discovered that Jaime Alvar Ezquerra and his publisher Brill have done something marvellous with Richard Gordon’s translation of his book Romanising oriental gods: Myth, Salvation and Ethics in the Cults of Cybele, Isis and Mithras (2008).  I needed to consult it, and Google books gave me so very little with which to do so.

They put the thing online.  In PDF form.  Here:


I could have wept!  How amazing!  How useful!

Thank you, gentlemen.

UPDATE: Oh rats! They omitted the plates!


6 thoughts on “Ezquerra, Romanising Oriental Gods – freely accessible online!

  1. off topic but I wonder if you can point me to a translation into English or French of Book 16 of the Codex Theodosianus? I’ve looked everywhere I can think of but can only find excerpts and not what I want which is 16.2.37


  2. There is only the one English translation of the Codex Theodosianus, made by Clyde Pharr, still in copyright, and owned by a firm of lawyers! It ought to be online. I do have a PDF of a few pages, which, happily, contains that bit. The emperors giving the edict are: Valentinian, Theodosius, and Arcadius.

    37.[107] The same Augustuses to Studius, Prefect of the City.

    Since, upon investigation, the persons who perpetrated the arson [108] cannot be found, as the official report of Your Excellency has revealed, We release the clerics from confinement in prison, provided that they shall be placed on board ship and returned to their own lares. Moreover, the houses which may be proved to have received foreign [109] bishops or foreign clerics after the publication of the edicts and after the proclamations of Our Serenity shall not escape the peril of proscription. The same general rule shall be observed if any house should receive clerics of the City who conduct strange and tumultuous conventicles outside the Church. Indeed, in order to guard against the beginning of sedition, it has been determined by Our decision that all foreign [109] bishops and foreign clerics shall be expelled from this most sacred City.

    Given on the fourth day before the kalends of September at Constantinople in the year of the sixth consulship of Honorius Augustus and the consulship of Aristaenetus. –August 29 (September 11), 404.

    [107] 16, 4, 4-6; CJ I, 3, 18; Socrates 6, 18; Sozom. 8, 20-22; Zosimus 5, 23-24.

    [108] A riot had resulted in Constantinople from the preaching of John Chrysostom and a large part of the city had been burned by a fire, apparently kindled by the rioters.

    [109] Not residents of Constantinople.

  3. It should be one of the first things to be online but I am still grateful for all the other sources available. I can’t imagine how we used to do research before the Internet. Thanks again.

  4. We are so fortunate (and, so long as German publishing firms don’t shut it all down again, will continue so). All you had were reference books, which you could only follow in major libraries. To know much required constant reading.

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