A Companion to Roman Religion (Blackwell Companions to the by Jörg Rüpke

By Jörg Rüpke

A finished therapy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this better half areas many of the non secular symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a higher framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman faith. An cutting edge creation to Roman faith techniques 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 advert deals the 1st historical past of spiritual motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils provides Roman faith inside its cultural, social, and historic contexts

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Hence the “civic cults” (or “polis religion”) does not form a sociologically useful category. ” The idea of “pantheon” as a concept for the history of religion derives from the analysis of ancient Near Eastern and especially Greek mythological text. These seem to imply the existence of a limited group of deities (around ten to twenty) that seem to be instituted in order to cover the most important needs of the polity. Internal coherence is produced by genealogical bonds or institutions by analogy to political ones: a council of the gods, for instance.

Thus, in the fifth century, Macrobius and Servius conserved information from much earlier authors, but no one produced a significant new work on Roman polytheism. This lack of scholarly activity, combined with the movement of Rome to Constantinople, killed further scholarship in the west. But consider Constantinople as famous repository for classical texts, and the activities there of John Lydus (sixth century). He may have seen a relatively complete Cincius, because the majority of the Latin authors proffering religion references to Cincius parallel each other, while most of Lydus’ citations of Cincius are not otherwise cited.

It is certainly fruitful to focus on the various conceptual models in the study of Roman religion, and this enables the detailed consideration of important details and gradations of interpretation. But it is equally fruitful to shift the focus to how those models came into being, how they were influenced by contemporary large intellectual and, often, historical concerns. It is this latter perspective which the following pages would trace. Approaching Roman Religion 13 Finally, there exists an issue of contemporary influence, the Rezeptionsgeschichte of scholarship on Roman religion in other areas of classical studies, especially the literary.

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