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

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: 320
Release: 2016-09-30
ISBN 10: 1107153549
ISBN 13: 9781107153547
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Reviving Roman Religion Book Review:

Argues that thinking about sacred trees in Roman culture forces us to rethink how we understand Roman 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.

Time in Roman Religion

Time in Roman Religion
Author: Gary Forsythe
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 207
Release: 2012
ISBN 10: 041552217X
ISBN 13: 9780415522175
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.

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.

Religious Networks in the Roman Empire

Religious Networks in the Roman Empire
Author: Anna Collar
Publsiher: Cambridge University Press
Total Pages: 336
Release: 2013-12-12
ISBN 10: 1107043441
ISBN 13: 9781107043442
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Networks in the Roman Empire Book Review:

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

Religion in the Roman Empire

Religion in the Roman Empire
Author: Valentino Gasparini,Richard Gordon,Georgia Petridou,Katharina Rieger,Miguel John Versluys,Rubina Raja,Heidi Wendt
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 560
Release: 2020-12-31
ISBN 10: 9783170292246
ISBN 13: 3170292242
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.

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: 329
Release: 2010-04-22
ISBN 10: 1139487612
ISBN 13: 9781139487610
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Religion of Senators in the Roman Empire Book Review:

This book examines the connection between political and religious power in the pagan Roman Empire through a study of senatorial religion. Presenting a new collection of historical, epigraphic, prosopographic and material evidence, it argues that as Augustus turned to religion to legitimize his powers, senators in turn also came to negotiate their own power, as well as that of the emperor, partly in religious terms. In Rome, the body of the senate and priesthoods helped to maintain the religious power of the senate; across the Empire senators defined their magisterial powers by following the model of emperors and by relying on the piety of sacrifice and benefactions. The ongoing participation and innovations of senators confirm the deep ability of imperial religion to engage the normative, symbolic and imaginative aspects of religious life among senators.

Religious Competition in the Greco Roman World

Religious Competition in the Greco Roman World
Author: Nathaniel P. DesRosiers,Lily C. Vuong
Publsiher: SBL Press
Total Pages: 346
Release: 2016-08-19
ISBN 10: 0884141578
ISBN 13: 9780884141570
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Competition in the Greco Roman World Book Review:

Essays that broaden the historical scope and sharpen the parameters of competitive discourses Scholars in the fields of late antique Christianity, neoplatonism, New Testament, art history, and rabbinics examine issues related to authority, identity, and change in religious and philosophical traditions of late antiquity. The specific focus of the volume is the examination of cultural producers and their particular viewpoints and agendas in an attempt to shed new light on the religious thinkers, texts, and material remains of late antiquity. The essays explore the major creative movements of the era, examining the strategies used to develop and designate orthodoxies and orthopraxies. This collection of essays reinterprets dialogues between individuals and groups, illuminating the mutual competition and influence among these ancient thinkers and communities. Features: Essays feature competitive discourse as the central organizing theme Articles present unique theoretical models that are adaptable to different contexts and highly applicable to religious discourses before and after the Late Antique Period Scholars cover a much wider range of traditions including Judaism, Christianity, paganism, and philosophy in order to provide the most complete portrait of the religious landscape

Women s Religions in the Greco Roman World

Women s Religions in the Greco Roman World
Author: Ross Shepard Kraemer
Publsiher: Oxford University Press, USA
Total Pages: 487
Release: 2004
ISBN 10: 9780195142785
ISBN 13: 0195142780
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Women s Religions in the Greco Roman World Book Review:

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.

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.

Political Religions in the Greco Roman World

Political Religions in the Greco Roman World
Author: Elias Koulakiotis,Charlotte Dunn
Publsiher: Cambridge Scholars Publishing
Total Pages: 329
Release: 2019-06-04
ISBN 10: 1527535401
ISBN 13: 9781527535404
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Political Religions in the Greco Roman World Book Review:

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.

Ancient Angels

Ancient Angels
Author: Rangar Cline
Publsiher: BRILL
Total Pages: 181
Release: 2011-03-05
ISBN 10: 9004194533
ISBN 13: 9789004194533
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Ancient Angels Book Review:

Ancient Angels brings together inscriptional, literary, and archaeological evidence for angels (angeloi) in Roman-era religions. The book examines Roman conceptions of angels, angel veneration, and how Christian authorities responded to this potentially heterodox aspect of Roman religion.

Magic in the Roman World

Magic in the Roman World
Author: Naomi Janowitz
Publsiher: Routledge
Total Pages: 160
Release: 2002-09-11
ISBN 10: 1134633688
ISBN 13: 9781134633685
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.

The Religious Quests of the Graeco Roman World

The Religious Quests of the Graeco Roman World
Author: Samuel Angus
Publsiher: Biblo & Tannen Publishers
Total Pages: 444
Release: 1967
ISBN 10: 9780819601964
ISBN 13: 0819601969
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

The Religious Quests of the Graeco Roman World Book Review:

"From ancient records, Dr. Angus reconstructs a vivid picture of that magnificent civilization contemporaneous with the founding of the Christian church, with the result that a more significant conception of the faith we know today emerges from his study of the rich intellectual and spiritual currents of the pagan world as they aided or opposed or modified the struggling young religion from the East."--Publisher's note.

Religious Diversity in the Graeco Roman World

Religious Diversity in the Graeco Roman World
Author: Dan Cohn-Sherbok,John M. Court
Publsiher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Total Pages: 240
Release: 2005-03-01
ISBN 10: 9780567044914
ISBN 13: 0567044912
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religious Diversity in the Graeco Roman World Book Review:

Over the last hundred years there has been a great deal of interest in the nature of religious diversity in the Graeco-Roman World and a variety of scholars have attempted to untangle the complexities of reliogious interaction and conflict. For students of this period there is a need for an introduction to this vast field of scholarship. This book makes a comprehensive survey of this field of enquiry. The first three chapters deal with Judaism: Palestinian Judaism, Diaspora Judaism and Essenes. Philip Esler's account of Palestinian Judaism draws particular attention to the introduction of the analytic methods of social-scientific research to religious research. The next three chapters form a triptych of studies on Christianity, examining in turn the Jesus of history, the apostle Paul, and the early church The final group of three contributors are concerned with religious diversity within the pagan and syncretistic phenomena of the Roman world, treating political, philosophical and practical aspects in the legacy of Greek religion, in Gnosticism, and in Mithraism as an example of the Mystery Religions.

Religion in the Roman World

Religion in the Roman World
Author: Juliette Harrisson
Publsiher: Unknown
Total Pages: 304
Release: 2016
ISBN 10: 9781784533670
ISBN 13: 178453367X
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Religion in the Roman World Book Review:

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.

The Religions of the Roman Empire

The Religions of the Roman Empire
Author: John Ferguson
Publsiher: Cornell University Press
Total Pages: 296
Release: 1970
ISBN 10: 9780801493119
ISBN 13: 0801493110
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

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Apologetics in the Roman Empire

Apologetics in the Roman Empire
Author: Mark J. Edwards,Martin Goodman,Simon Price,Chris Rowland
Publsiher: Clarendon Press
Total Pages: 326
Release: 1999-06-17
ISBN 10: 019154437X
ISBN 13: 9780191544378
Language: EN, FR, DE, ES & NL

Apologetics in the Roman Empire Book Review:

This book is the first to tackle the origins and purpose of literary religious apologetic in the first centuries of the Christian era by discussing, on their own terms, texts composed by pagan and Jewish authors as well as Christians. Previous studies of apologetic have focused primarily on the Christian apologists of the second century. These, and other Christian authors, are represented also in this volume but, in addition, experts in the religious history of the pagan world, in Judaism, and in late antique philosophy examine very different literary traditions to see to what extent techniques and motifs were shared across the religious divide. Each contributor has investigated the probable audience, the literary milieu, and the specific social, political, and cultural circumstances which elicited each apologetic text. In many cases these questions lead on to the further issue of the relation between the readers addressed by the author and the actual readers, and the extent to which a defined literary genre of apologetic developed. These studies, ranging in time from the New Testament to the early fourth century, and including novel contributions by specialists in ancient history, Jewish history, ancient philosophy, the New Testament, and patristics, will put the study of ancient religious apologetic on to a new footing.