Religion in Archaic and Republican Rome and Italy: Evidence and Experience

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Edward Bispham, Christopher John Smith
Psychology Press, 2000 - Philosophy - 199 pages
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As Rome extended its influence throughout Italy, gradually incorporating its various peoples in a process of Romanization and conquest, its religion was extensively influenced by the cults of religious practices of its new subjects and citizens. It was a period of intense religious ferment and creativity. Roman religion, controlled and determined by religious and political functionaries who mediated between humans, had centred on a select pantheon of gods with Jupiter at its head. It was a religion in the process of becoming the servant of the state, however genuine its priests and votaries might be. Understanding the dynamics of religious change is fundamental to understanding the changing culture and politics of Rome during the last five centuries B.C.Religion in Archaic and Republic Romeand Italy tells that story.
  

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Contents

An anthropologists view of ritual
19
the development of Etruscan sanctuary
34
Sacred rubbish
54
Some thoughts on the religious romanisation of Italy
71
notes on religion
77
Prophet and text in the third century bc
92
The games of Hercules
108
religious pluralism
115
ritual and context
136
Notes
156
Bibliography
174
Index
197
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Edward Bispham is Fellow and Tutor in Ancient History, Brasenose College, Oxford, and Lecturer in Ancient History, St Anne's College Oxford.

Jennifer Smith is the co-founder and Vice President of Aquent Graphics Institute (AGI). She has authored numerous books on Adobe's software productsm including development of many of the Adobe Classroom in a Book titles. She regularly speaks at conferences and seminars, including the CRE8 Conference. Jennifer has worked in all aspects of graphic design and production, including as an art director of an advertising agency. Jennifer combines her practical experience and technical expertise as an educator. She has developed training programs for Adobe Systems and for all types of designers involved in creating print, Web, interactive, along with fashion and apparel. Her teaching and writing style shows the clear direction of a practiced designer with in-depth knowledge of the Adobe Creative Suite applications. When she's not speaking or teaching, she can be found in suburban Boston, Massachusetts with her husband and children.. You can learn about Jennifer's seminar and conference appearances at agitraining.com

Christopher Smith is co-founder and President of Aquent Graphics Institute (AGI), the training and professional development division of Aquent that serves creative and marketing organizations. An Adobe Certified Expert for multiple Adobe products, he has worked as part of the Adobe Creative Team to develop many of the Adobe Classroom in a Book series and has authored numerous books on both InDesign and Acrobat. Christopher manages content for the CRE8 Conference for creative professionals and also the Adobe Acrobat & PDF Conference. He has also served as an elected member of the School Board in his hometown in suburban Boston, Massachusetts, where he lives with his wife andchildren.

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