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    DescriptionThis book is about the multiplicity of gods and religions that characterized the Roman world before Constantine. It was not the noble gods such as Jove, Apollo and Diana, who were crucial to the lives of the common people in the empire, bur gods of an altogether more earthly, earth level, whose rituals and observances may now seem bizarre. As well as being of wide general interest, this book will appeal to students of the Roman Empire and of the history of religion.


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    Title
    The Cults of the Roman Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Robert Turcan
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 416
    Width: 153 mm
    Height: 228 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 602 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780631200475
    ISBN 10: 0631200479
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    Illustrations note
    Publisher
    John Wiley and Sons Ltd
    Imprint name
    BLACKWELL PUBLISHERS
    Publication date
    30 January 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Author Information
    Robert Turcan is Professor of Roman History at the Sorbonne. He is a former student of the Ecole Normale Superieure, and a member of both the Ecole Francaise in Rome and the Institut Francais. He has published widely on Roman antiquity both in France and elsewhere. Antonia Nevill is a committed European and lifelong Francophile. She spent over thirty years teaching in further education, and has a wide variety of interests. Retirement has at last enabled her to devote more time to her favorite occupation, translating.
    Review quote
    "... a treasure trove of information on the nature and diversity of mystery cults." Westminster Theological Journal
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    This book is about the multiplicity of gods and religions that characterized the Roman world before Constantine. It was not the noble gods such as Jove, Apollo and Diana, who were crucial to the lives of the common people in the empire, but gods of an altogether more earthly, earthy level, whose rituals and observances may now seem bizarre.

    The book opens with an account of the nature of popular religion and the way in which the gods and myths of subject peoples were taken up by the Roman colonizers and spread throughout the empire. Successive chapters are devoted to the Great Mother, Isis, the cults of Syria, Mithras, The Horsemen, Dionysus, and to practices related to the performance of magic. It was above all with these popular religions that the early Christians fought for supremacy. In the concluding part of the book Professor Turcan describes this contest and its eventual outcome in the triumph of Christianity throughout the Roman world.

    The author assumes little background or specialist knowledge. Each chapter is fully referenced and where appropriate illustrated with photographs and diagrams. The book includes a guide for further reading specifically for English-speaking students.

    As well as being of wide general interest, this book will appeal to students of the Roman Empire and of the history of religion.

    Table of contents
    Introduction. Externa Superstitio. 1. The Great Mother and Her Eunuchs. 2. Isis of the Many Names or Our Lady of the Waves. 3. The Orontes Pouring into the Tiber. 4. Beneath the Rocks of the Persian Cavern. 5. Horsemen, Mothers and Serpents. 6. Occultism and Theosophy. 7. Dionysus and Sabazius. Epilogue. Abbreviations. List of Plates. Figures. Historical and Mythographical Index. Index of Religious Particulars.