Indo-European Sacred Space

Indo-European Sacred Space

by Roger D. Woodard
     
 

"In Indo-European Sacred Space, Roger D. Woodard provides a careful examination of the sacred spaces of ancient Rome, finding them remarkable consistent with older Indo-European religious practices as described in the Vedas of ancient India. Employing and expanding on the fundamental methods of Emile Beneniste, as well as Georges Dumezil's analysis of… See more details below

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"In Indo-European Sacred Space, Roger D. Woodard provides a careful examination of the sacred spaces of ancient Rome, finding them remarkable consistent with older Indo-European religious practices as described in the Vedas of ancient India. Employing and expanding on the fundamental methods of Emile Beneniste, as well as Georges Dumezil's analysis of Proto-Indo-European society, Woodard clarifies the spatial dynamics of the archaic Roman cult and, stemming from that, provides an unexpected clarification of several obscure issues in the study of Roman religion." Looking closely at the organization of Roman religious activity, especially as regards sacrifices, festivals, and cultic boundaries, Woodard sheds new light on issues including the presence of the god Terminus in Jupiter's Capitoline temple, the nature of the Roman suovetaurilia, the Ambarvalia and its relationship to the rites of the Fratres Arvales, and the identification of the "Sabine" god Semo Sancus. Perhaps most significantly, this work also presents a novel and persuasive resolution to the long-standing problem of "agrarian Mars".

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780252029882
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
Publication date:
07/28/2005
Series:
Traditions Series
Pages:
312
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 1.30(d)

Table of Contents

1The minor Capitoline Triad1
2Terminus59
3Into the teacup96
4The fourth fire142
5From the inside out241

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