The Romans and Their Gods in the Age of Augustus

The Romans and Their Gods in the Age of Augustus


By (author) R M Ogilvie, By (author) Rm Ogilvie

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  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company
  • Format: Paperback | 160 pages
  • Dimensions: 127mm x 193mm x 10mm | 113g
  • Publication date: 17 November 1970
  • Publication City/Country: New York, NY
  • ISBN 10: 0393005437
  • ISBN 13: 9780393005431
  • Sales rank: 808,965

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Basing his work on much original material (all of which is quoted in translation), R. M. Ogilvie gives a picture of religious life in Rome during the period between 80 B. C., and A. D. 69. He discusses the various Roman gods and their spheres of activity, the manner and kinds of prayer, forms of sacrifice, the belief in divination, the calendar of the religious year, private religion and its role in Roman family life, priests and their part in the complicated procedure of Roman religion, and the powerful religious revival in the time of Augustus. "The religion of ancient Rome," writes the author," was a fine, yet tolerant, religion whose adherents committed very few crimes in its name and who were healthily free of neuroses. It failed because men's view of the world changed."

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