Cult Places and Cultural Change in Republican Italy: A Contextual Approach to Religious Aspects of Rural Society After the Roman Conquest

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Amsterdam University Press, 2009 - Social Science - 263 pages
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This rigorously researched study sheds new light on the religious structures and rituals of the Italic tribes from 400 to 100 BC. Citing literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence from central and southern Italy, including a case study on the Samnite Temple of San Giovanni in Galdo, the author investigates the fluctuating function of these cult places in and among the non-Roman Italic communities, before and after the establishment of Roman rule.

  

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Contents

Introduction
1
Ideas on Cultural Change
9
2 Religious Romanisation and the Fate of Italic Rural Sanctuaries
17
The Sacred Construction of Community and Architectural Forms
35
Three Models
53
Contextualising the Samnite Sanctuary of S Giovanni in Galdo Colle Rimontato CB
79
6 Roman Sacred landscapes? The PagusVicus System Revised
107
Pagi Vici and Sanctuaries
123
8 Roman Ritual in the Italian Countryside? The Paganalia and the Lustratio Pagi
171
9 Roman Ritual in the Italian Countryside? The Compitalia and the Shrines of the Lares Compitales
187
10 Conclusions
213
Abbreviations
223
Bibliography
227
Index
257
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About the author (2009)

Tesse Stek is a lecturer of classical archaeology at the Radbound University in Nijmegen.

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