Religions of Rome: Volume 1, A History

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This book offers a radical new survey of more than a thousand years of religious life at Rome, from the foundation of the city to its rise to world empire and its conversion to Christianity. It sets religion in its full cultural context, between the primitive hamlet of the eight century BC and the cosmopolitan, multicultural society of the first centuries of the Christian era. The companion volume, Religions of Rome 2: A Sourcebook, sets out a wide range of documents, richly illustrating the religious life in the Roman world.

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A magisterial, definitive survey of the subject. Beard, along with her co-authors John North and Simon Price, move chronologically through Roman religion from its beginnings shrouded in mythology ... Read full review

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Early Rome
Imperial triumph and religious change
Religion in the late Republic
The place of religion Rome in the early Empire
The boundaries of Roman religion
The religions of imperial Rome
Roman religion and Roman Empire
Roman religion and Christian emperors fourth and fifth centuries
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About the author (1998)

Mary Beard was born on January 1, 1955 in Much Wenlock, Shropshire, England. Her alma mater is the University of Cambridge. She is a professor of classics at Newnham College, Cambridge, and the classics editor of the Times Literary Supplement. Her previous books include the bestselling, Wolfson Prize-winning Pompeii, The Roman Triumph, The Parthenon and Confronting the Classics. Her blog has been collected in the books It's a Don's Life and All in a Don's Day. She is in the 2014 top 10 Prospect list of the most influential thinkers in the world. She is the author of Women and Power: A Manifesto, published in December 2017.

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