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Roman Religion

Paperback Cambridge Introduction to Roman Civilization

By (author) Valerie Warrior

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  • Publisher: CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY PRESS
  • Format: Paperback | 184 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 226mm x 13mm | 318g
  • Publication date: 16 October 2006
  • Publication City/Country: Cambridge
  • ISBN 10: 0521532124
  • ISBN 13: 9780521532129
  • Sales rank: 453,503

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Examining sites that are familiar to many modern tourists, Valerie Warrior avoids imposing a modern perspective on the topic by using the testimony of the ancient Romans to describe traditional Roman religion. The ancient testimony recreates the social and historical contexts in which Roman religion was practised. It shows, for example, how, when confronted with a foreign cult, official traditional religion accepted the new cult with suitable modifications. Basic difficulties, however, arose with regard to the monotheism of the Jews and Christianity. Carefully integrated with the text are visual representations of divination, prayer, and sacrifice as depicted on monuments, coins, and inscriptions from public buildings and homes throughout the Roman world. Also included are epitaphs and humble votive offerings that illustrate the piety of individuals, and that reveal the prevalence of magic and the occult in the spiritual lives of the ancient Romans.

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Valerie M. Warrior is a scholar of ancient history and religion. She has taught at a number of North American colleges and universities, and is the author of The Initiation of the Second Macedonian War and Roman Religion: A Sourcebook.

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'Warrior brings her narrative to life with a number of fascinating extracts from Roman literature and inscriptions. There is also an abundance of informative illustrations in the book.' Arctos

Table of contents

1. The Gods and their worship; 2. Divination, prayer, and sacrifice; 3. Religion and the family; 4. Religion and the state; 5. Religion and war; 6. The calendar, festivals, and games; 7. Official attitudes towards foreign cults; 8. Magic and the occult; 9. Becoming a God; 10. The Jews and Christianity.