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By Jörg Rüpke

ISBN-10: 1405129433

ISBN-13: 9781405129435

A finished remedy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this significant other locations many of the non secular symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a higher framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman faith.

  • An leading edge advent to Roman faith
  • Approaches the sector with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods
  • Analyzes spiritual alterations from the 8th century BC to the fourth century advert
  • Offers the 1st background of non secular motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils
  • Presents Roman faith inside its cultural, social, and historic contexts

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12 L). Moreover, given the almost total lack of Greek works, knowledge of Roman religion was conflated with knowledge of Greek religion via the preservation of various “myth” handbooks from classical antiquity (Rossum-Steenbeek 1998: 119–56), those handbooks conflating Greek and Roman; the popularity of Ovid made matters all the worse. Rome continued as “then,” only occasionally “now,” as in the verse of Hildebertus Cenomannensis (c. 1056–1133): Par tibi, Roma, nihil cum sis prope tota ruina / quam magni fueris integra, fracta doces (A.

Banqueting usually followed sacrifice (chapter 19) and building a house or starting a journey implied small sacrifices and prayers, as did meetings of the senate, parades, or warfare. Religion, hence, was not confined to temples and festivals; it permeated, to repeat this point, all areas of society. Yet politics – to concentrate on the most interesting realm in this respect – was not identical with religion. Many stories, the huge number of non-public rituals, individual “superstitions” (doing or believing more than is necessary), the complicated procedures for installing priests: all this demonstrates the independence of the gods and the possibility of distinguishing between religion and politics, between res sacrae and res publicae, in everyday life.

The lexicon of Festus, abridging the Augustan Verrius Flaccus’ alphabetic account of his linguistic and religiohistoric research, has not been translated so far. Beard et al. (1998) offer good commentary on a selection of sources for the late republican and early imperial period; Valantasis (2000) does so for late antiquity. Literary as well as archaeological sources are extensively documented in the Thesaurus cultus et rituum antiquorum (ThesCRA) (Los Angeles, 2004–6). For reliefs Ryberg (1955) remains essential, frequently supplemented by Fless (1995).

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