A Companion to Roman Religion

A Companion to Roman Religion

by Jörg Rüpke
     
 

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This companion provides a comprehensive treatment of Roman religion within its cultural, social, and historical contexts.

Written by international experts, the volume offers a new approach, directing its focus away from the gods and concentrating on the human-figures of Roman religion. The book addresses the media through which religion was experienced and shared,

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This companion provides a comprehensive treatment of Roman religion within its cultural, social, and historical contexts.

Written by international experts, the volume offers a new approach, directing its focus away from the gods and concentrating on the human-figures of Roman religion. The book addresses the media through which religion was experienced and shared, including epigraphy, mosaics, wall-paintings, drama, and poetry, and provides, for example, the first ever history of religious motifs on coins. Placing the various discourses and practices into a larger geographical and cultural framework, the contributors also consider the cults, gods, iconography, rituals, and texts that were exported widely throughout the empire, revealing the sprawling landscape of Roman religion. Judaism and Christianity are firmly placed within a strongly historical approach, covering the period from the eighth century BC to the fourth century AD.

Editorial Reviews

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"This Companion will in fact be sustaining company as we try to read these signs to find the meaning that compelled such commitment." (Phoenix, 2011)

"Utilize[s] an appealing thematic organization.... Riipke's editorial style nimbly shifts the reader's focus from one point to another." (Scholia Reviews, 2009)

"I would recommend this volume as worthy reference status in any library for its many valuable gems of information." (Journal of Classics Teaching, Autumn 2008)

"Not by any means a volume for beginners, but an admirably full and ambitious reference book to which more advanced students can confidently be directed." (Greece and Rome, 2008)

"Issues ... have been explored ... but not in such an erudite, comprehensive collection ... a major contribution ... and a crucial addition to any serious collection. Essential." (CHOICE)

"Provides a comprehensive treatment of Roman religion.... Written by international experts, this volume offers a new approach." (Wordtrade.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781444341317
Publisher:
Wiley
Publication date:
03/25/2011
Series:
Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World , #78
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Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
576
File size:
5 MB

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