By Jörg Rüpke
A finished therapy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this significant other locations a few of the non secular 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 advent to Roman religion.
Approaches the sector with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods.
Analyzes spiritual alterations from the 8th century BC to the fourth century AD.
Offers the 1st background of spiritual motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils.
Presents Roman faith inside of its cultural, social, and ancient contexts.
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Of course, Roman religion was an “embedded religion” (see the introduction to chapter 25 for further methodological considerations). That is, religious practices formed part of the cultural practices of nearly every realm of daily life. Banqueting usually followed sacriﬁce (chapter 19) and building a house or starting a journey implied small sacriﬁces and prayers, as did meetings of the senate, parades, or warfare. Religion, hence, was not conﬁned to temples and festivals; it permeated, to repeat this point, all areas of society.
Literary as well as archaeological sources are extensively documented in the Thesaurus cultus et rituum antiquorum (ThesCRA) (Los Angeles, 2004– 6). For reliefs Ryberg (1955) remains essential, frequently supplemented by Fless (1995). Schraudolph (1993) and Dräger (1994) publish numerous Roman altars; sarcophagi are shown and interpreted by G. Koch Roman Religion – Religions of Rome 9 (1993) and by Zanker and Ewald (2004). Muth (1998) offers a glimpse into private mythological mosaics. Recent monographic accounts of Roman religion are given by Beard et al.
For example, the ﬁfth-century polytheist Martianus Capella shows some knowledge of Etruscan arcana, although the quality of that knowledge remains debatable since he clearly used earlier scholars’ work without attribution (Weinstock 1946). Certainly he relies heavily on some combination of Nigidius Figulus and Varro; likewise, he probably had access to the late republic’s Latin translations of the Etruscan sacred books. Nevertheless we cannot know if he knew his sources complete. Pars pro toto, consider the case of the aforementioned Lucius Cincius.
A Companion to Roman Religion (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Jörg Rüpke