The Religion of the Romans

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Polity, Dec 3, 2007 - History - 350 pages
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The gods were the true heroes of Rome. In this major new contribution to our understanding of ancient history, Jörg Rüpke guides the reader through the fascinating world of Roman religion, describing its unique characteristics and bringing its peculiarities into stark relief.

Rüpke gives a thorough and engaging account of the multiplicity of cults worshipped by peasant and aristocrat alike, the many varied rites and rituals daily observed, and the sacrifices and offerings regularly brought to these immortals by the population of Ancient Rome and its imperial colonies.

This important study provides the perfect introduction to Roman religion for students of Ancient Rome and Classical Civilization.

 

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Contents

Religion in the Ancient World
3
Historical Foundations
39
Sacrifice and Feasting
137
Vows and Curses
154
Communication and Boundaries
174
Time and the Calendar
186
Religion in the Metropolis
205
Specialists and Professionals
215
Historical Perspectives
236
Notes
258
Bibliography
285
Indexes
332
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Jörg Rüpke is Professor of Comparative Religion Studies at the University of Erfurt.

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