Archaic Roman Religion: v.1

Archaic Roman Religion: v.1


By (author) Georges Dumezil, Translated by Philip Krapp

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  • Format: Paperback | 428 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 224mm x 25mm | 567g
  • Publication date: 5 December 1996
  • Publication City/Country: Baltimore, MD
  • ISBN 10: 0801854806
  • ISBN 13: 9780801854804
  • 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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