By Jörg Rüpke
A finished remedy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this significant other areas some of the spiritual symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a higher framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman faith.
- An cutting edge advent to Roman faith
- Approaches the sector with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods
- Analyzes non secular alterations from the 8th century BC to the fourth century advert
- Offers the 1st background of spiritual motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils
- Presents Roman faith inside its cultural, social, and historic contexts
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6), combined with the enormous numbers of later commentaries on the pontifical acta, suggests that this earliest example of extensive writing about Roman religion constituted facts useful for the activities of the pontifical compilers. Scholarly interpretation and refutation lay in the future. g. 1), but only appear as a focus of scholarly interest from the later republic onward, when the need arose to harmonize the actions granted by the urban praetor. Scholarly interest in Roman religion, as for many topics, appears in the late second century bc.
Narratives are an important medium, for example in historiography or epic (chapter 10); images could appear on coins (chapter 11), on reliefs (chapter 12), or independently as sculptured statues (chapter 15); and conventions of representation, of the use, and of the audience vary from genre to genre. Rituals (part III), too, are an important – perhaps the most important – means of not only communicating with the gods but demonstratively, publicly performing this communication, of defining the respective god by the strategy and content of the communicative approach (animal or vegetable sacrifice, female or male name, choice of time and place).
Again, that perspective holds true in both directions. The history of Mediterranean religions in the epoch of the Roman empire must acknowledge the fact that Persian Mithraism, Hellenistic Judaism, and Palestinian Christianity were Roman religions, too. It is the final section of this book that explicitly takes this wider geographical stance (part VI). An Ancient Religion Roman religion did not grow out of nothing. Italy, above all in its coastal regions, was already party to a long-distance cultural exchange in the Mediterranean basin in a prehistoric phase.
A Companion to Roman Religion by Jörg Rüpke