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By Jörg Rüpke

ISBN-10: 1405129433

ISBN-13: 9781405129435

A finished therapy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this better half locations some of the spiritual symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a better framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman faith. An cutting edge advent to Roman faith techniques the sphere with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods Analyzes spiritual alterations from the 8th century BC to the fourth century advert deals the 1st heritage of non secular motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils provides Roman faith inside of its cultural, social, and ancient contexts

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10–13 L) of the Augustan period, showing a lexicographer attending to this combined religious and topographical issue. Compare, too, Lucius Cincius (first century bc), absent in Gellius (supra), surely knowledgeable on the fauissae (GRF 11), who definitely authored 14 C. Robert Phillips, III treatises on lexicography, topography, and politics as well as Roman religion. Fourth, the range of ancient scholarly debate on an issue remains unknowable, thus the fauissae and the various fragments on the Novensides (GRF Cincius 22, Cornificius 8, Stilo 22).

More promiscuously, the glossaries which begin by the fifth century ad only rarely conserve truly antiquarian knowledge and even less often show significant comprehension of the texts they gloss (Lindsay and Thomson 1921: v–xii). Likewise scholarly compendia, for example Paul the Deacon’s abridgment of Festus (eighth century). Where there was once fertile debate, as on fauissae (Paul. Fest. 10–13 L and supra), there was now an account potted to unintelligibility. 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.

Likewise the decrease in number was due to individual neglect of cultic performances or lack of interest in maintaining and repairing sanctuaries. These findings corroborate the earlier characterization of Roman religion. Of course, Roman religion was an “embedded religion” (see the introduction to chapter 25 for further methodological considerations). That is, religious practices formed part of the cultural practices of nearly every realm of daily life. 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.

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