Archaic Roman Religion: v. 1

Archaic Roman Religion: v. 1


By (author) Georges Dumezil, Translated by Philip Krapp

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  • Format: Hardback | 394 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 29mm | 712g
  • Publication date: 1 March 1997
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801854822
  • ISBN 13: 9780801854828
  • Edition: New edition
  • Edition statement: New edition

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The first of two volumes discussing archaic Roman religion. From the study of texts, inscriptions, and archaeology of Roman sacred places, this volume traces the formation of archaic Roman religion from Indo-European sources through the development of the rites and beliefs of the Roman republic. The author describes a religion that was not only influenced by other religions, but influenced them as well, in mutual efforts to distinguish one nation from another. Even so, certain continuities were sustained in order to achieve a religion that crossed generations and ways of life. The worship of certain gods became the special concerns of certain parts of society, all of which needed attention to assure Rome's success in war, civil administration, and the production of food and gooods.

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Georges Dumezil, author of more than thirty books and hundreds of research articles, many of which are widely translated, was one the most productive and provocative scholars of modern comparative religion for more than half a century. Among his other works are 'Destiny of a King', 'Destiny of the Warrior', 'Gods of the Ancient Northmen', and 'Plight of a Sorcerer

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"Among the foremost scholarly achievements of our time."--'New Comparative Mythology' "A valuable permanent addition to the lore of myth and the stories of divinities."--'Christian Century'