Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World
Martin Bommas, Juliette Harrisson, Phoebe Roy
A&C Black, Sep 6, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages
Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World brings together scholars and researchers working on memory and religion in ancient urban environments. Chapters explore topics relating to religious traditions and memory, and the multifunctional roles of architectural and geographical sites, mythical figures and events, literary works and artefacts. Pagan religions were often less static and more open to new influences than previously understood. One of the factors that shape religion is how fundamental elements are remembered as valuable and therefore preservable for future generations. Memory, therefore, plays a pivotal role when - as seen in ancient Rome during late antiquity - a shift of religions takes place within communities. The significance of memory in ancient societies and how it was promoted, prompted, contested and even destroyed is discussed in detail.
This volume, the first of its kind, not only addresses the main cultures of the ancient world - Mesopotamia, Egypt, Greece and Rome - but also look at urban religious culture and funerary belief, and how concepts of ethnic religion were adapted in new religious environments.
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Assyrian Imperial Propaganda Babylonian Cultural Memory and the akītu Festival of 667 bc John P Nielsen
2 The Cult of the Pharaoh in New Kingdom Egypt Cultural Memory or State Ideology? Gabrielle Heffernan
Remembering TempleConversion in Late Antique Hermopolis Jennifer Westerfeld
Part 2 Ancient Rome
Sacred Memory in MidRepublican Rome Daniele Miano
The Physical Continuity of the Ficus Ruminalis Ailsa Hunt
Reinventing the Mythology 100 bcad 100 Ken Dowden
Juvenals De Memoria Deorum David H J Larmour
8 The Iseum Campense as a Memory Site Martin Bommas
Cultural Memory and Imagination Juliette Harrisson
10 Cultural Memory and Roman Identity in the Hymns of Prudentius Peter Kuhlmann
Afterword Juliette Harrisson and Phoebe Roy
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