Memory and Urban Religion in the Ancient World

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Martin Bommas, Juliette Harrisson, Phoebe Roy
A&C Black, Sep 6, 2012 - Body, Mind & Spirit - 272 pages
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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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Contents

Assyrian Imperial Propaganda Babylonian Cultural Memory and the akītu Festival of 667 bc John P Nielsen
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2 The Cult of the Pharaoh in New Kingdom Egypt Cultural Memory or State Ideology? Gabrielle Heffernan
33
Remembering TempleConversion in Late Antique Hermopolis Jennifer Westerfeld
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Part 2 Ancient Rome
87
Sacred Memory in MidRepublican Rome Daniele Miano
89
The Physical Continuity of the Ficus Ruminalis Ailsa Hunt
111
Reinventing the Mythology 100 bcad 100 Ken Dowden
129
Juvenals De Memoria Deorum David H J Larmour
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8 The Iseum Campense as a Memory Site Martin Bommas
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Cultural Memory and Imagination Juliette Harrisson
213
10 Cultural Memory and Roman Identity in the Hymns of Prudentius Peter Kuhlmann
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Afterword Juliette Harrisson and Phoebe Roy
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Index
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Martin Bommas is senior lecturer in Egyptology at the Institute of Archaeology and Antiquity at the University of Birmingham, UK. He was a research associate of Professor Jan Assmann at the University of Heidelberg, Germany, until 2000, and has published five monographs on ancient Egyptian rituals, religious texts, and memory.

Juliette Harrisson is an external lecturer at the University of Birmingham, UK and an associate lecturer with the Open University, UK. Her chief research interest lies in ancient myth and religion in the Roman Empire, studied through the theoretical framework of cultural memory.

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