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The Rain Miracle In Medieval Latin And Byzantine Sources

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The story of the rain miracle appears in Western Latin sources based mainly on Jerome and Orosius, but also in Byzantine texts. This chapter deals with the late tradition of the rain miracle by medieval authors, a topic not often discussed before. Byzantine authors preserved mostly the Christian version of the rain miracle, whereas knowledge of the pagan branch (of Arnuphis) is found only in the works of authors who followed Cassius Dio. Georgius Acropolites is not the only and not even the earliest Byzantine author to link the rain miracle to the person of Marcus Aurelius. The legend of the rain miracle survived in both Eastern and Western sources, and it is not only that the Christian version of the miracle appears in Byzantine authors, but pagan versions were also known to them due to their knowledge of Cassius Dio and Themistius.

Keywords: Byzantine; Marcus Aurelius; pagan tradition; rain miracle; Western Latin sources



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