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    DescriptionReligion is a particularly useful field within which to study Roman self-definition, for the Romans considered themselves to be the most religious of all peoples and ascribed their imperial success to their religiosity. This study builds on the observation that the Romans were remarkably open to outside influences to explore how installing foreign religious elements as part of their own religious system affected their notions of what it meant to be Roman. The inclusion of so many foreign elements posed difficulties for defining a sense of Romanness at the very moment when a territorial definition was becoming obsolete. Using models drawn from anthropology, this book demonstrates that Roman religious activity beginning in the middle Republic (early third century B.C.E.) contributed to redrawing the boundaries of Romanness. The methods by which the Romans absorbed cults and priests and their development of practices in regard to expiations and the celebration of ludi allowed them to recreate a clear sense of identity, one that could include the peoples they had conquered. While this identity faced further challenges during the civil wars of the Late Republic, the book suggests that Roman openness remained a vital part of their religious behavior during this time. Foreign Cults in Rome concludes with a brief look at the reforms of the first emperor Augustus, whose activity can be understood in light of Republican activity, and whose actions laid the foundation for further adaptation under the Empire.

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    Foreign Cults in Rome
    Creating a Roman Empire
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Eric M. Orlin
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 264
    Width: 162 mm
    Height: 242 mm
    Thickness: 23 mm
    Weight: 532 g
    ISBN 13: 9780199731558
    ISBN 10: 0199731551

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY
    BISAC V2.8: LAN009000
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Ingram Subject Code: RL
    Libri: I-RL
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15540
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    BIC subject category V2: HBLA1
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002020
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 292.07
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    LC subject heading:
    LC classification: BL805 .O74 2010
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    Thema V1.0: QRAX, CF, NHD, NHC, QRS
    Illustrations note
    2 black and white halftones , 2 line illustrations
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Imprint name
    Oxford University Press Inc
    Publication date
    30 September 2010
    Publication City/Country
    New York
    Author Information
    Eric Orlin is Professor of Classics at the University of Puget Sound
    Review quote
    Its value lies ... in the overview that it provides, bringing together well- and lesser-known episodes from the period during which Roman expansion brought inevitable tensions in its wake, to explore these tensions in terms of choices made over which deities to include, and over when, where and how to pay them cult. ... a positive contribution to our understanding of the Roman Republic. Anna Clark, Journal of Roman Studies
    Table of contents
    ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS ; INTRODUCTION ; 1. Foreign Cults in Rome ; 2. Cult Introductions of the Third Century ; 3. Foreign Priests in Rome ; 4. Prodigies and Expiations ; 5. Ludi ; 6. Establishing Boundaries in the Second Century ; 7. The Challenges of the First Century ; CONCLUSION ; BIBLIOGRAPHY ; INDEX