Therefore Christianity took over ancient heritage giving particular importance to some authorities of paganity
such as Plato in neoplatonistic form, and a part of Aristotle, Cicero and Quintilian which had a place of honor together with the Christian authorities: Bible and church fathers.
Poole's findings are no less valuable, though; building upon Harris's initial thesis that Egill's lament is structured on Odinic myth, Poole finds the influence of Christian cultures on Sonatorrek, a discovery that greatly complicates traditional images of Viking "paganity
" and forces us to question how "heathen" Sonatorrek might be (198).
The fifth essay, 'Idols and Simulacra: Paganity
, Hybridity and Representation in Mandeville's Travels' (Sarah Salih), explores the cultural links between hybrids, paganity
, and geographical marginality in the Travels, and shows how 'monstrosities' could be used to reflect on Christian identity and practices and thus be simultaneously 'Christocentric and culturally relativist' (p.