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By Jörg Rüpke

A accomplished therapy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this spouse areas many of the non secular symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a better framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman religion.

An leading edge creation to Roman religion.
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 AD.
Offers the 1st heritage of spiritual motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils.
Presents Roman faith inside its cultural, social, and old contexts.

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8 Jörg Rüpke FURTHER READING Any further reading should start with ancient sources, many of the literary texts being accessible in the bilingual editions of the Loeb library. There are no “scientific” accounts of Roman religion from antiquity, but some extensive descriptions exist in different literary genera. The most fully preserved account of Roman ritual is given in Ovid’s commentary on the Roman calendar (Libri fastorum VI), written in late Augustan times and trying to integrate traditional Roman worship, the cult of the emperors, and the natural cycle of time.

It is impossible to determine whether the evidence betokens substantial and specialist study or whether a combination of legal and religious traditions was simply reused and sometimes modified without significant scholarly thought. Finally, looming large over all considerations of the Romans’ scholarship on and possession of religious information are the pontifical books. They may have been physically reconditi (hidden), but a certain fraction of information clearly got out. Approaching Roman Religion 15 The problem lies with determining details in the obvious absence of the books themselves and the annoying presence of widely differing and wildly contradictory testimonia (G.

Neither the sum of individual choices, ever changing or keeping within the limits of familiar or professional traditions, nor the identity of the name of a god from one place to another justifies speaking of “a cult” in the aforementioned sense. ” 8 Jörg Rüpke FURTHER READING Any further reading should start with ancient sources, many of the literary texts being accessible in the bilingual editions of the Loeb library. There are no “scientific” accounts of Roman religion from antiquity, but some extensive descriptions exist in different literary genera.

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