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By Jörg Rüpke

A entire therapy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this spouse areas a number of the spiritual symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a greater framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman religion.

An cutting edge creation to Roman religion.
Approaches the sector with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods.
Analyzes non secular alterations from the 8th century BC to the fourth century AD.
Offers the 1st background of non secular motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils.
Presents Roman faith inside its cultural, social, and historic contexts.

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Darmstadt 1963). The speeches On His House and On the Reply of the Haruspices do give interesting insights into the fabric of religious institutions. Other important sources are less easily accessible. Livy’s Roman history remains basic to the history of republican religion. Religious information, however, is widely scattered. The lexicon of Festus, abridging the Augustan Verrius Flaccus’ alphabetic account of his linguistic and religiohistoric research, has not been translated so far. Beard et al.

Labeo wrote on, among other topics, the Roman calendar as well as the disciplina Etrusca, and possibly the Di Penates (Macr. Sat. 15) and Augustine (Civ. 19) while John Lydus, Servius, and Macrobius also utilized him; interestingly, Arnobius seems to have known Varro only from handbooks while Augustine may well have had access, at the least, to very substantial excerpts. Here we must not speculate freely. Varro’s works remained very popular in late antiquity, Servius frequently cites them by title, and thus Arnobius represents the exception while Augustine the rule.

18 C. Robert Phillips, III Early Modern Europe through the Eighteenth Century The detailed study of Roman religion reappeared, but in its earlier patristics guise as polemical cudgel wielded against theological opponents, and this continued even during the Renaissance conflation and utilization of Greek and Roman religion and their mythologies. For rationalists, particularly of the Enlightenment, the ancients’ religion demonstrated savagery combined with stupidity, apparently an excellent justification for anti-clericalism.

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