Religions of Rome: Volume 2, A Sourcebook: Sourcebook v.2 (Paperback)
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Short Description for Religions of Rome: Volume 2, A Sourcebook: Sourcebook v.2 This book presents a wide range of documents illustrating religious life in the Roman world from the early Republic to the late Empire.
- Published: 28 June 1998
- Format: Paperback 428 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780521456463 ISBN 10: 0521456460
- Sales rank: 123,031
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Full description for Religions of Rome: Volume 2, A Sourcebook: Sourcebook v.2
Volume two reveals the extraordinary diversity of ancient Roman religion. A comprehensive sourcebook, it presents a wide range of documents illustrating religious life in the Roman world - from the foundations of the city in the eighth century BC to the Christian capital more than a thousand years later. Each document is given a full introduction, explanatory notes and bibliography, and acts as a starting point for further discussion. Through paintings, sculptures, coins and inscriptions, as well as literary texts in translation, the book explores the major themes and problems of Roman religion, such as sacrifice, the religious calendar, divination, ritual, and priesthood. Starting from the archaeological traces of the earliest cults of the city, it finishes with a series of texts in which Roman authors themselves reflect on the nature of their own religion, its history, even its funny side. Judaism and Christianity are given full coverage, as important elements in the religious world of the Roman empire.