Religion in the Roman Empire

Religion in the Roman Empire
Author: Jörg Rüpke,Greg Woolf
Publsiher: Kohlhammer Verlag
Total Pages: 323
Release: 2021-10-06
ISBN 10: 3170292250
ISBN 13: 9783170292253
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion in the Roman Empire Book Review:

The Roman Empire was home to a fascinating variety of different cults and religions. Its enormous extent, the absence of a precisely definable state religion and constant exchanges with the religions and cults of conquered peoples and of neighbouring cultures resulted in a multifaceted diversity of religious convictions and practices. This volume provides a compelling view of central aspects of cult and religion in the Roman Empire, among them the distinction between public and private cult, the complex interrelations between different religious traditions, their mutually entangled developments and expansions, and the diversity of regional differences, rituals, religious texts and artefacts.

Religion in the Roman Empire

Religion in the Roman Empire
Author: James B. Rives
Publsiher: Wiley-Blackwell
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2006-06-12
ISBN 10: 9781405106559
ISBN 13: 1405106557
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion in the Roman Empire Book Review:

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

Empire and Religion in the Roman World

Empire and Religion in the Roman World
Author: Harriet I. Flower
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2021-08-19
ISBN 10: 1108934242
ISBN 13: 9781108934244
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Empire and Religion in the Roman World Book Review:

The inspiration for this volume comes from the work of its dedicatee, Brent D. Shaw, who is one of the most original and wide-ranging historians of the ancient world of the last half-century and continues to open up exciting new fields for exploration. Each of the distinguished contributors has produced a cutting-edge exploration of a topic in the history and culture of the Roman Empire dealing with a subject on which Professor Shaw has contributed valuable work. Three major themes extend across the volume as a whole. First, the ways in which the Roman world represented an intricate web of connections even while many people's lives remained fragmented and local. Second, the ways in which the peculiar Roman space promoted religious competition in a sophisticated marketplace for practices and beliefs, with Christianity being a major benefactor. Finally, the varying forms of violence which were endemic within and between communities.

Roman Gods Goddesses

Roman Gods   Goddesses
Author: Britannica Educational Publishing
Publsiher: Britannica Educational Publishing
Total Pages: 144
Release: 2014-01-01
ISBN 10: 1622751590
ISBN 13: 9781622751594
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Roman Gods Goddesses Book Review:

While the ancient Roman pantheon in many ways resembles that of ancient Greece, there is much that sets apart Roman mythology. Romans also borrowed from the religions of ancient Egypt, Asia Minor, and the Middle East, and legendary figures such as Romulus and Remus, tied closely to the history of Rome, feature prominently in ancient stories. The major and lesser figures of Roman mythology are presented in this vibrant volume with sidebars spotlighting related facts and concepts about Roman mythology and religion.

The Matter of the Gods

The Matter of the Gods
Author: Clifford Ando
Publsiher: Univ of California Press
Total Pages: 239
Release: 2009-03-10
ISBN 10: 0520259866
ISBN 13: 9780520259867
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Matter of the Gods Book Review:

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.

Roman Religion

Roman Religion
Author: Valerie M. Warrior
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 165
Release: 2006-10-16
ISBN 10: 0521825113
ISBN 13: 9780521825115
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Roman Religion Book Review:

Examining sites that are familiar to many modern tourists, Valerie Warrior avoids imposing a modern perspective on the topic by using the testimony of the ancient Romans to describe traditional Roman religion. The ancient testimony recreates the social and historical contexts in which Roman religion was practised. It shows, for example, how, when confronted with a foreign cult, official traditional religion accepted the new cult with suitable modifications. Basic difficulties, however, arose with regard to the monotheism of the Jews and Christianity. Carefully integrated with the text are visual representations of divination, prayer, and sacrifice as depicted on monuments, coins, and inscriptions from public buildings and homes throughout the Roman world. Also included are epitaphs and humble votive offerings that illustrate the piety of individuals, and that reveal the prevalence of magic and the occult in the spiritual lives of the ancient Romans.

From Jupiter to Christ

From Jupiter to Christ
Author: Jörg Rüpke (theoloog)
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 328
Release: 2014
ISBN 10: 0198703724
ISBN 13: 9780198703723
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

From Jupiter to Christ Book Review:

The history of Roman imperial religion is of fundamental importance to the history of religion in Europe. Emerging from a decade of research, From Jupiter to Christ demonstrates that the decisive change within the Roman imperial period was not a growing number of religions or changes in their ranking and success, but a modification of the idea of "religion" and a change in the social place of religious practices and beliefs. Religion is shown to be transformed from a medium serving the individual necessities -- dealing with human contingencies like sickness, insecurity, and death -- and a medium serving the public formation of political identity, into an encompassing system of ways of life, group identities, and political legitimation. Instead of offering an encyclopaedic presentation of religious beliefs, symbols, and practices throughout the period, the volume thematically presents the media that manifested and diffused religion (institutions, texts, and law), and analyses representative cases. It asks how religion changed in processes of diffusion and immigration, how fast (or how slow) practices and institutions were appropriated and modified, and reveals how these changes made Roman religion 'exportable', creating those forms of intellectualisation and enscripturation which made religion an autonomous area, different from other social fields.

The Religions of the Roman Empire

The Religions of the Roman Empire
Author: John Ferguson
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 1985
ISBN 10: 9780801493119
ISBN 13: 0801493110
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Rome and Religion in the Medieval World

Rome and Religion in the Medieval World
Author: Valerie L. Garver,Owen M. Phelan
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 390
Release: 2016-04-08
ISBN 10: 1317061233
ISBN 13: 9781317061236
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Rome and Religion in the Medieval World Book Review:

Rome and Religion in the Medieval World provides a panoramic and interdisciplinary exploration of Rome and religious culture. The studies build upon or engage Thomas F.X. Noble’s interest in Rome, especially his landmark contributions to the origins of the Papal States and early medieval image controversies. Scholars from a variety of disciplines offer new viewpoints on key issues and questions relating to medieval religious, cultural and intellectual history. Each study explores different dimensions of Rome and religion, including medieval art, theology, material culture, politics, education, law, and religious practice. Drawing upon a wide range of sources, including manuscripts, relics, historical and normative texts, theological tracts, and poetry, the authors illuminate the complexities of medieval Christianity, especially as practiced in the city of Rome itself, and elsewhere in Europe when influenced by the idea of Rome. Some trace early medieval legacies to the early modern period when Protestant and Catholic theologians used early medieval religious texts to define and debate forms of Roman Christianity. The essays highlight and deepen scholarly appreciation of Rome in the rich and varied religious culture of the medieval world.

Religions of Rome Volume 1 A History

Religions of Rome  Volume 1  A History
Author: Mary Beard,Reader in Classics Mary Beard,John North,Simon Price,Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall Simon Price
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 476
Release: 1998-06-28
ISBN 10: 9780521316828
ISBN 13: 0521316820
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religions of Rome Volume 1 A History Book Review:

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

Religion in the Roman Empire

Religion in the Roman Empire
Author: James B. Rives
Publsiher: Wiley-Blackwell
Total Pages: 256
Release: 2006-06-12
ISBN 10: 1405106565
ISBN 13: 9781405106566
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion in the Roman Empire Book Review:

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

Time in Roman Religion

Time in Roman Religion
Author: Gary Forsythe
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 224
Release: 2012-05-31
ISBN 10: 1136314415
ISBN 13: 9781136314414
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Time in Roman Religion Book Review:

Religion is a major subfield of ancient history and classical studies, and Roman religion in particular is usually studied today by experts in two rather distinct halves: the religion of the Roman Republic, covering the fifth through first centuries B.C.; and the religious diversity of the Roman Empire, spanning the first four centuries of our era. In Time in Roman Religion, author Gary Forsythe examines both the religious history of the Republic and the religious history of the Empire. These six studies are unified by the important role played by various concepts of time in Roman religious thought and practice. Previous modern studies of early Roman religion in Republican times have discussed how the placement of religious ceremonies in the calendar was determined by their relevance to agricultural or military patterns of early Roman life, but modern scholars have failed to recognize that many aspects of Roman religious thought and behavior in later times were also preconditioned or even substantially influenced by concepts of time basic to earlier Roman religious history. This book is not a comprehensive survey of all major aspects of Roman religious history spanning one thousand years. Rather, it is a collection of six studies that are bound together by a single analytical theme: namely, time. Yet, in the process of delving into these six different topics the study surveys a large portion of Roman religious history in a representative fashion, from earliest times to the end of the ancient world and the triumph of Christianity.

Magic in the Roman World

Magic in the Roman World
Author: Naomi Janowitz
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2002-09-11
ISBN 10: 113463367X
ISBN 13: 9781134633678
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Magic in the Roman World Book Review:

Using in-depth examples of 'magical' practice such as exorcisms, love rites, alchemy and the transformation of humans into divine beings, this lively volume demonstrates that the word 'magic' was used widely in late antique texts as part of polemics against enemies and sometimes merely as a term for other people's rituals. Naomi Janowitz shows that 'magical' activities were integral to late antique religious practice, and that they must be understood from the perspective of those who employed them.

Paganism in the Roman Empire

Paganism in the Roman Empire
Author: Ramsay MacMullen
Publsiher: Yale University Press
Total Pages: 241
Release: 1981-01-01
ISBN 10: 9780300029840
ISBN 13: 0300029845
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Paganism in the Roman Empire Book Review:

"MacMullen...has published several books in recent years which establish him, rightfully, as a leading social historian of the Roman Empire. The current volume exhibits many of the characteristics of its predecessors: the presentation of novel, revisionist points of view...; discrete set pieces of trenchant argument which do not necessarily conform to the boundaries of traditional history; and an impressive, authoritative, and up-to-date documentation, especially rich in primary sources...A stimulating and provocative discourse on Roman paganism as a phenomenon worthy of synthetic investigation in its own right and as the fundamental context for the rise of Christianity.”--Richard Brilliant, History "MacMullen’s latest work represents many features of paganism in its social context more vividly and clearly than ever before.”--Fergus Millar, American Historical Review "The major cults...are examined from a social and cultural perspective and with the aid of many recently published specialized studies...Students of the Roman Empire...should read this book.”--Robert J, Penella, Classical World "A distinguished book with much exact observation...An indispensable mine of erudition on a grand theme.” Henry Chadwick, Times Literary Supplement Ramsay MacMullen is Dunham Professor of History and Classics at Yale University and the author of Roman Government’s Response to Crisis, A.D. 235-337 and Roman Social Relations, 50 B.C. to A.D. 284

Dialectics of Religion in the Roman World

Dialectics of Religion in the Roman World
Author: Francesca Mazzilli,Dies van der Linde
Publsiher: Franz Steiner Verlag Wiesbaden GmbH
Total Pages: 297
Release: 2021-09-29
ISBN 10: 9783515130660
ISBN 13: 3515130667
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Dialectics of Religion in the Roman World Book Review:

Recent scholarship has seen a general turn from separate entities to relations and inclusivity, from static and systemic views to a focus on historical processes and fluidity. Dialectical thinking fundamentally builds on the entwinement of social interactions, inclusivity, contradictory relations, and historical movement. Yet, it is underrepresented in current research of Roman society and religion. Therefore, this volume intends to foreground dialectical thinking as a critical and constructive way to expose and analyse the dynamism, diversity, and discrepancies of religion in the Roman world. Based on critical theories and archaeological, epigraphic, and literary sources, the authors discuss cults, ranging from Mars Thincsus and Mithras to Magna Mater and the deified emperors, in diverse contexts across the Mediterranean from East to West (the Hauran, Asia Minor, Jerusalem, Dalmatia, Gaul, Britain, and Rome). Together, they give a taste of the potential of dialectical approaches for enhancing our understanding of Roman society and religion.

Religious Deviance in the Roman World

Religious Deviance in the Roman World
Author: Jörg Rüpke
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 156
Release: 2016-05-31
ISBN 10: 1107090520
ISBN 13: 9781107090521
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Deviance in the Roman World Book Review:

Religious individuality is not restricted to modernity. This book offers a new reading of the ancient sources in order to find indications for the spectrum of religious practices and intensified forms of such practices only occasionally denounced as 'superstition'. Authors from Cicero in the first century BC to the law codes of the fourth century AD share the assumption that authentic and binding communication between individuals and gods is possible and widespread, even if problematic in the case of divination or the confrontation with images of the divine. A change in practices and assumptions throughout the imperial period becomes visible. It might be characterised as 'individualisation' and informed the Roman law of religions. The basic constellation - to give freedom of religion and to regulate religion at the same time - resonates even into modern bodies of law and is important for juridical conflicts today.

Reviving Roman Religion

Reviving Roman Religion
Author: Ailsa Hunt
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 135
Release: 2016-09-12
ISBN 10: 1316810739
ISBN 13: 9781316810736
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reviving Roman Religion Book Review:

Sacred trees are easy to dismiss as a simplistic, weird phenomenon, but this book argues that in fact they prompted sophisticated theological thinking in the Roman world. Challenging major aspects of current scholarly constructions of Roman religion, Ailsa Hunt rethinks what sacrality means in Roman culture, proposing an organic model which defies the current legalistic approach. She approaches Roman religion as a 'thinking' religion (in contrast to the ingrained idea of Roman religion as orthopraxy) and warns against writing the environment out of our understanding of Roman religion, as has happened to date. In addition, the individual trees showcased in this book have much to tell us which enriches and thickens our portraits of Roman religion, be it about the subtleties of engaging in imperial cult, the meaning of numen, the interpretation of portents, or the way statues of the Divine communicate.

Religions of Rome Volume 2 A Sourcebook

Religions of Rome  Volume 2  A Sourcebook
Author: Mary Beard,Reader in Classics Mary Beard,John North,Simon Price,Lecturer in Ancient History and Fellow of Lady Margaret Hall Simon Price
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 428
Release: 1998-06-28
ISBN 10: 9780521456463
ISBN 13: 0521456460
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religions of Rome Volume 2 A Sourcebook Book Review:

This book presents a wide range of documents illustrating religious life in the Roman world from the early Republic to the late Empire.

An Introduction to Roman Religion

An Introduction to Roman Religion
Author: John Scheid
Publsiher: Indiana University Press
Total Pages: 232
Release: 2003
ISBN 10: 9780253216601
ISBN 13: 0253216605
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

An Introduction to Roman Religion Book Review:

Written by one of the world's leading scholars of the Roman world, An Introduction to Roman Religion offers students a complete portrait of religion in Rome during the late republic and early empire. It draws on the latest findings in archaeology and history to explain the meanings of rituals, rites, auspices, and oracles, to describe the uses of temples and sacred ground, and to evoke the daily patterns of religious life and observance within the city of Rome and its environs. The text is usefully organized around major themes, such as the origins of Roman religion, the importance of the religious calendar, the structure of religious space, the forms of religious services and rituals, and the gods, priests, and core theologies that shaped religious observance. In addition to its clear and accessible presentation, Roman Religion includes quotations from primary sources, a chronology of religious and historical events from 750 B.C. to A.D. 494, a full glossary, and an annotated guide to further reading.

The Religion of Senators in the Roman Empire

The Religion of Senators in the Roman Empire
Author: Zsuzsanna Várhelyi
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 267
Release: 2010-04-22
ISBN 10: 0521897246
ISBN 13: 9780521897242
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Religion of Senators in the Roman Empire Book Review:

Examines political and religious power as practised by the elite of the Roman Empire. Based on a fresh collection of the evidence, it argues that religion was crucial in power negotiations between emperor and Senate, and that Roman senators embraced and contributed to the emperors' new, individualized religious power.