Religion In The Roman Empire


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This book provides an engaging, systematic introduction to religion in the Roman empire. Covers both mainstream Graeco-Roman religion and regional religious traditions, from Egypt to Western Europe Examines the shared assumptions and underlying dynamics that characterized religious life as a whole Draws on a wide range of primary material, both textual and visual, from literary works, inscriptions and monuments Offers insight into the religious world in which contemporary rabbinic Judaism and Christianity both had their origin

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Author by James B. Rives
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 9781405106566

The Religions Of The Roman Empire


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Author by John Ferguson
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 0801493110

Religion In The Roman World


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The Romans had a persisting and voracious appetite for myth, magic, and ritual. They invoked the local gods to rain down punishment on adulterers or thieves. They burned fragrant resin for protecting deities of hearth and home. They sacrificed at temples to bring glory to the divine person of the emperor. And they conducted secret rites of initiation into cults like those devoted to Isis, Cybele, Dionysus, and Mithras. Juliette Harrisson shows ancient Rome to have been a hive of religious experimentation. In this comprehensive survey, she takes readers from the turmoil of the Late Republic to the high point of imperial rule (133 BC-AD 235), exploring the many facets of religiosity in the Roman world. She examines, among other topics, worship of the state-sanctioned Olympian gods and the role of religion in Roman politics; the impact of "mystery cults" focused on Greek, Near Eastern, and Egyptian deities; attitudes towards witchcraft, superstition, and the early monotheists; and evidence for ancient atheism. An epilogue discusses the rise of Christianity in the 3rd and 4th centuries. An essential guide to understanding Roman life during the life of the Empire, this book provides a compelling look at the belief systems of a culture and a period of history that continues to fascinate readers today.

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Author by Juliette Harrisson
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ISBN Number 178453367X

The Matter Of The Gods


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What did the Romans know about their gods? Why did they perform the rituals of their religion, & what motivated them to change those rituals? Clifford Ando explores the answers to these questions, pursuing a variety of themes essential to the study of religion in history.

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Author by Clifford Ando
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ISBN Number 9780520259867

Religions Of Rome Volume 1 A History


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A comprehensive and radical new survey of religious life in Rome over the course of a millennium.

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Author by Mary Beard
Genre eBook History
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ISBN Number 0521316820

Political Religions In The Greco Roman World


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Until the 1980s, historical treatments of ancient religion focused mainly on myth, cult and ritual as a way to interpret the mental structures or primary emotions of ancient peoples, but, in the last few decades, a “political turn” in the study of religion has taken hold. This volume serves to diversify our understanding of the political conceptualizations and implementations of religious practice in the ancient Mediterranean region from the 7th Century BCE to the 4th Century CE, in both Greek and Roman contexts. The underlying question taken up here is: in what situations was Greco-Roman religious practice articulated, communicated, and perceived in political contexts, both real and imagined? Written by experts in the fields of archaeology, linguistics, art history, historiography, political science and religion, the chapters of this volume engage the plurality and the diversity of the Greco-Roman religious experience as it receives and negotiates power relations.

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Author by Elias Koulakiotis
Genre eBook Literary Criticism
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ISBN Number 9781527535404

Women S Religions In The Greco Roman World


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This excellent sourcebook contains hundrds of primary texts translated into English, expanded and revised for this new edition. Covering women's religion from the 4th century BC to the 5th century AD, it contains a wealth of material grouped thematically relating to many different types of women.

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Author by Ross Shepard Kraemer
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ISBN Number 0195142780

Religious Networks In The Roman Empire


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Examines the relationship between social networks and religious transmission to reappraise how new religious ideas spread in the Roman Empire.

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Author by Anna Collar
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ISBN Number 9781107043442

Religions Of Rome Volume 2 A Sourcebook


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This book, the second of the two volumes that make up Religions of Rome, presents a wide range of documents illustrating religious life in the Roman world from the early Republic to the late Empire (both visual evidence and texts in translation). More than just a "sourcebook," it explores some of the major themes and problems of Roman religion (such as sacrifice, the religious calendar, divination and prediction). Each document has an introduction, explanatory notes and bibliography, and is used as the starting point for further discussion.

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Author by Mary Beard
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ISBN Number 0521456460

A Companion To Roman Religion


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A comprehensive treatment of the significant symbols and institutions of Roman religion, this companion places the various religious symbols, discourses, and practices, including Judaism and Christianity, into a larger framework to reveal the sprawling landscape of the Roman religion. An innovative introduction to Roman religion Approaches the field with a focus on the human-figures instead of the gods Analyzes religious changes from the eighth century BC to the fourth century AD Offers the first history of religious motifs on coins and household/everyday utensils Presents Roman religion within its cultural, social, and historical contexts

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Author by Jörg Rüpke
Genre eBook Religion
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ISBN Number 9781444341317