The Cults of the Roman Empire
This book is about the multiplicity of gods and religions that characterized the Roman world before Constantine. It was not the noble gods such as Jove, Apollo and Diana, who were crucial to the lives of the common people in the empire, bur gods of an altogether more earthly, earth level, whose rituals and observances may now seem bizarre. As well as being of wide general interest, this book will appeal to students of the Roman Empire and of the history of religion.
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Dionysus, sabezius, etc. cults / Pg 146 Two christians martyred at festival of Adonis (2nd century) / god Salambo (pg138-144) / Pg. 89 Important sexual scam involving cult of Isis
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Turcan is careful and not prone to sensational conclusions. However, he also does a good job of characterizing the mass-appeal of the ancient mystery religions during the Roman Imperial Period. Read full review