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Posted September 7, 2004
If you know a tremendous amount about the ancient Roman period some of GODS WITH THUNDERBOLTS: RELIGION IN ROMAN BRITAIN might be redundant information. I know some, but still I was intrigued as to what native divinities existed in the Roman period. The author, Guy de la Bédoyère, gives us the information on indigenous gods/goddesses, which is not much, but he also gives us information from literature and archaeological records on gods from the expansive Roman Empire. There are the Roman Gods, but also the ¿oriental¿ gods like Mithras, Isis, and Bacchus. He also delves into the coming of Christianity. The Christian world did not just come about over night and the Pagan world did not just disappear. These worlds existed side by side for a time; the Pagans were not necessarily antithetical to the Christians and strangely enough the Christians were not necessarily ready to expunge all the Pagans. There are 9 chapters with black and white photos and illustrations. There are color photo plates as well. There is an appendix that has all the epigraphic references to the Gods and Goddesses as well as contemporary literary references. An index and references and further reading is also included. So if you¿re interested in finding out who Viridios was and what part Faunus played in Roman Britain, this book is a good starting point. ¿ Leslie Strang Akers.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.