Temples, Religion, and Politics in the Roman Republic

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Overview

The success and smooth functioning of the Roman Republic depended on a careful balancing of the interests of the individual and the interests of the commonwealth. In this study, Eric Orlin examines the process through which new temples were vowed, built, and dedicated as a way of examining key features of the interrelated political and religious systems of Republican Rome. Orlin questions previous scholarship on several points, suggesting that the Senate, and not just individual generals, played an active and significant role in the construction of new temples and emphasizing the high degree of cooperation between the senate and its magistrates. The means by which the Romans erected new temples sheds important light on the relationship between individual initiative and collective responsibility in Republican Rome.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780391041325
  • Publisher: Brill Academic Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 9/14/2003
  • Pages: 228
  • Product dimensions: 6.52 (w) x 9.12 (h) x 0.72 (d)

Meet the Author

Eric M. Orlin holds a joint appointment in the Historical Studies and Classical Studies programs at Bard College.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
Ch. 1 Origins 11
Ch. 2 The Vow 35
Ch. 3 The Sibylline Books 76
Ch. 4 The Construction 116
Ch. 5 The Dedication 162
Conclusions 190
App. 1 State Temples Introduced in Rome, 509-55 B.C.E. 199
App. 2 Sibylline Consultations, 509-83, B.C.E. 203
App. 3 The Sibylline Oracle Recorded by Phlegon 208
App. 4 List of Known Duumviri 211
Bibliography 212
Index 221
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