Literature and Religion at Rome: Cultures, Contexts, and Beliefs / Edition 1

Literature and Religion at Rome: Cultures, Contexts, and Beliefs / Edition 1

by Denis Feeney
     
 

Rather than asking how religion is transmuted into literature, we should, Denis Feeney argues, be thinking in terms of a range of cultural practices, interacting, competing, and defining each other in the process. Capitalising on recent revaluations of Roman religion by ancient historians, which have stressed the vitality and creativity of the Romans' religious system… See more details below

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Rather than asking how religion is transmuted into literature, we should, Denis Feeney argues, be thinking in terms of a range of cultural practices, interacting, competing, and defining each other in the process. Capitalising on recent revaluations of Roman religion by ancient historians, which have stressed the vitality and creativity of the Romans' religious system throughout its long history of continual adaptation to new challenges, this book argues that Roman literature was not an artificial or parasitic irrelevance in this context, but an important element of the dynamic religious culture, with its own status as another form of religious knowledge. Since Roman culture, both literary and religious, was so thoroughly Hellenised, the author also makes a case for a reconsideration of the traditional antitheses between Greek and Roman literature and religion, arguing against Hellenocentric prejudices and in favour of a more creative model of cultural interaction.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521559218
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
02/28/1998
Series:
Roman Literature and its Contexts Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
176
Product dimensions:
5.08(w) x 7.80(h) x 0.39(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction1
1Belief12
2Myth47
3Divinity76
4Ritual115
5Epilogue: knowledge137
Bibliography144
General index157
Index of passages discussed160

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