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Roman Religion

Clifford Ando


This book introduces students to the complex and foreign world of Roman religion, and to major trends in its study. Praised in the Enlightenment for its supposed tolerance, Roman religion has been vilified for persecuting the early Christians. It professed a profound conservatism and yet received myths from Greece and Asia and gods from every corner of the Empire. The book presents fourteen papers on central topics in the study of Roman religion and its connections with Roman literature, history and culture. Subjects treated include the nature and development of religious authority and religio ... More

Keywords: Roman religion, Enlightenment, tolerance, early Christians, conservatism, myths, Greece, Asia, gods, religious authority

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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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Clifford Ando, author

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Part I Historiography and Method

1 On Comparison


Part II Religious Institutions and Religious Authority

4 A Feature of Roman Religion


Part III Ritual and Myth

6 Cults, Myths, and Politics at the Beginning of the Empire

JOHN SCHEID translated by Philip Purchase

PART IV Theology

PART V Roman and Alien

Part V Space and Time

11 Loca Sancta


Part VII Continuity and Change, from Republic to Empire

14 The Historical Development of Roman Religion: An Overview

GEORG WISSOWA translated by Christopher Barnes