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Propaganda is first recorded as a fixed term in the context of the foundation of the Congregatio de Propaganda Fide under Pope Gregory XV in 1622 for the propagation of the Christian faith. The Latin propagare, however, based on an agricultural context underlying various word formations from propag- 'propagate, breed', refers to a spatial and temporal spread, while it is generally persuasio/persuadere which seems to come closest to the modern term 'propaganda'. Its application to Antiquity is fairly problematic (on recent scholarship see [9.…

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Weber, Gregor (Eichstätt), “Propaganda”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 27 November 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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