Indo-European Sacred Space

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Overview

"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: 7/28/2005
  • Series: Traditions (TRA) Series
  • Pages: 312
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Roger Woodard is Andrew V. V. Raymond Professor of the Classics and professor of linguistics at the University of Buffalo (The State University of New York). Among his many books are Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World’s Ancient Languages.

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Table of Contents

1 The minor Capitoline Triad 1
2 Terminus 59
3 Into the teacup 96
4 The fourth fire 142
5 From the inside out 241
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