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Clifford Ando

Print publication date: 2003

Print ISBN-13: 9780748615650

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615650.001.0001

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Introduction to Part I: Historiography and Method

Introduction to Part I: Historiography and Method

(p.19) Introduction to Part I: Historiography and Method
Roman Religion

Clifford Ando


There are no disinterested students of religion. Rather than seek a position of elusive and illusory objectivity, we ought instead to unpack and understand our own frame of reference. What are the terms with which we describe religious experience and whence do they derive? Such historical and theoretical self-consciousness constitutes an important prerequisite for the sort of cultural translation necessary to render ancient experience intelligible today. By intelligible, I mean something other than the accumulation of data positioned only in relation to each other. That kind of antiquarian erudition, with its implicit claim to an insider’s knowledge, is itself necessary but not sufficient for the attainment of understanding....

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