Le corbeau et la sauterelle. L'application des instructions de Grégoire le Grand pour la transformation des temples païens en églises.

Abstract : Raven, grasshopper and the transformation of pagan temples into churches according to Gregory the Great's instructions Gregory the Great has given a very rich allegorical commentary of the Book of Job. The biblical corvus / raven means the gentilitas black from her sins. And the biblical locusta / grasshopper means sometimes the jewish people, sometimes the gentilitas. These allegories can meet the reality of encounter between pagan and christian during Gregory's times. Gregory bitterly suffer the wars between byzantine and lombard armies in Italy and some Lombards were pagan. But he was also seeking this encounter in order to promote the conversion to christianity. Several cases are examined : the best known is surely the conversion of the Anglo-Saxons. In his letter to Mellitus Gregory gave very original instructions to use a step-by-step method of conversion instead of a violent eradication of paganism. Is it possible to discover an archaeological counterpoint for this method in the famous site of Yeavering ?
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Bruno Judic. Le corbeau et la sauterelle. L'application des instructions de Grégoire le Grand pour la transformation des temples païens en églises.. Lionel Mary et Michel Sot. Impies et païens entre Antiquité et Moyen Age, Picard, pp.97-125, 2002. ⟨hal-01003920⟩

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