I am reading Yuval Noah Harari's Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind, an excellent source throughout.

At one point (on p. 270 in the German edition) the author mentions a turning point in history where Manichaeism, a dualistic religion whose founder lived in the 3rd century AD, could almost have become the Roman Empire's state religion.

What specific time or event may he be referring to?

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Manichaeism rapidly spread west into the Roman Empire. From Egypt it moved across northern Africa (where the young Augustine temporarily became a convert) and reached Rome in the early 4th century. The 4th century marked the height of Manichaean expansion in the West, Manichaeism

  • I am interested in a specific time (year) or event.
    – Drux
    Commented Oct 1, 2016 at 12:54

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