Religion in the Roman Empire / Edition 1

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Overview

"This book provides a systematic introduction to religion in the Roman Empire. It explores mainstream Graeco-Roman religion, as well as the diverse regional religions within the empire, from the millennia-old traditions of Egypt to the Celtic traditions of Western Europe." The author describes the distinctive features of religion in the Roman world and examines the shared assumptions and underlying dynamics that characterized religious life as a whole. By drawing on a wide range of primary material, including literary works, inscriptions, and monuments, he allows readers to engage with original sources directly and provides unique insight into the religious world in which contemporary rabbinic Judaism and Christianity both had their origins.
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Editorial Reviews

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"This is just what Rives's volume does best: to show us where we stand in a thought-provoking manner that invites further questions about "religion" in the Roman empire." (Phoenix, 2011)

"The section openings are often carefully and helpfully linked to preceding arguments, within and across chapters." (Journal of Religion, 2009)"…the book is important as an attempt to create a textbook in an area normally…left to an appendix because the problems are all too forbidding…" (Greece and Rome, Vol 55 No. 2 2008)

"This is the best available introduction to religion in the Roman world, and will be indispensable for classroom use and in library collections." (Choice — A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007)

"A dense and stimulating overview of Roman religion." (Bryn Mawr Reviews)

"A concise, readable, stimulating, and adroitly organised introduction to a vast cumbersome topic." (Scholia Reviews)

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781405106559
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 6/20/2006
  • Series: Blackwell Ancient Religions Series , #5
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.80 (d)

Meet the Author

James B. Rives is Kenan Eminent Professor of Classics at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is the author of Religion and Authority in Roman Carthage (1995), Tacitus: Germania (1999), and has co-edited Flavius Josephus and Flavian Rome (2005). He has written a number of important articles on Roman religion in the Journal of Roman Studies and Journal of Early Christian Studies, and has taught courses on Jews and Christians in the Roman Empire, religions of the Roman Empire, and ruler cult in the Graeco-Roman world.

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Table of Contents

1 Identifying "religion" in the Graeco-Roman world 13
2 Regional religious traditions of the Empire 54
3 The presence of the gods 89
4 Religion and community 105
5 Religion and empire 132
6 Religious options 158
7 Roman religious policy 182
Epilogue : religious change in the Roman Empire 202
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