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    DescriptionThis book examines the organization of religion in the Roman empire from Augustus to Constantine. Although there have been illuminating particular studies of the relationship between religious activity and socio-political authority in the empire, there has been no large-scale attempt to assess it as a whole. Taking as his focus the situation in Carthage, the greatest city of the western provinces, J.B. Rives argues that the traditional religion, predicated on the structure of a city-state, could not serve to integrate individuals into an empire. In upholding traditional religion, the government abandoned the sort of political control of religious behaviour characteristic of the Roman Republic, and allowed poeple to determine their own religious identities. The importance of Christianity was thus suited to the needs of the increasingly homogeneous Roman empire.


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    Title
    Religion and Authority in Roman Carthage from Augustus to Constantine
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) J. B. Rives
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 348
    Width: 142 mm
    Height: 218 mm
    Thickness: 31 mm
    Weight: 544 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780198140832
    ISBN 10: 0198140835
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T5.1
    BIC subject category V2: HBTB
    BIC E4L: HIS
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD, HBLA
    BISAC V2.8: REL012000
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: TP028
    Ingram Theme: RELI/CHRIST
    B&T General Subject: 690
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: HRCC1, HRJ, HRLK, HRKP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/ANCIEN
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15450
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000, REL015000
    Ingram Subject Code: RH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Merchandise Category: POD
    B&T Approval Code: A13260000
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 35
    Libri: I-RH
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000, REL071000
    B&T Approval Code: A13684200
    BIC subject category V2: 1QDAR
    DC20: 291.0937
    LC classification: BL813.C37R
    LC subject heading:
    DC22: 291.65093973
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    Thema V1.0: QRM, QRJ, QRAX, NHTB, NHD, NHC, QRVK, QRS
    Thema geographical qualifier V1.0: 1QBAR
    DC22: 291.6/5/093973
    LC classification: BL813.C37 R58 1995
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    Illustrations note
    4 maps
    Publisher
    Oxford University Press
    Imprint name
    Clarendon Press
    Publication date
    01 April 1997
    Publication City/Country
    Oxford
    Review quote
    the author has successfully placed north Aftican Christianity within the ramework of the variegated religious life of the province during the second and third centuries. he has achieved this in a scholarly and well-researched study and...has made a valuable contribution towards understanding the political and religious life of Roman north Africa. Ecclesiastical History 47:2 A very good and very important book...It retains the rigorous documentation and close argument which characterize the best dissertations in any university, but much of it also reads like the profound reflections of a mature scholar. Rives advances (and in my opinion establishes) a significant historical thesis...Rives has constructed a model religion in the cities of the Roman Empire, firmly grounded in a careful and accurate reading of the very varied evidence relating to to Carthage, which does much to explain an important historical development. Anyone who rejects this model has a duty to offer a more plausible or more convincing one. It will not be an easy task. Journal of Theological Studies detailed examination of the religious life of Roman Cartahage in the first three centuries ... Rives has produced a challenging and convincing interpretation of the intersection of religion and authority in the early empire that will lead many students and scholars or reconsider the way in which they view "official religion" in the Roman world. J.S. Hamilton, Baylor University, Waco, Texas, Journal of Church and State, Winter 1997 Well documented with literacy and archaeological evidence ... The author significantly increases our understanding of religion in the Roman empire with this monograph. Church History
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    This book examines the organization of religion in the Roman empire from Augustus to Constantine. Although there have been illuminating particular studies of the relationship between religious activity and socio-political authority in the empire, there has been no large-scale attempt to assess it as a whole. Taking as his focus the situation in Carthage, the greatest city of the western provinces, J. B. Rives argues that traditional religion, predicated on the structure of a city-state, could not serve to integrate individuals into an empire. In upholding traditional religion, the government abandoned the sort of political control of religious behaviour characteristic of the Roman Republic, and allowed people to determine their own religious identities. The importance of Christianity was thus that it provided the model for a new type of religious control suited to the needs of the increasingly homogeneous Roman empire.