Religion in the Roman Empire / Edition 1

Religion in the Roman Empire / Edition 1

by James B. Rives
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Religion in the Roman Empire / Edition 1

This book provides an engaging, 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781405106559
Publisher: Wiley
Publication date: 06/20/2006
Series: Blackwell Ancient Religions Series , #5
Pages: 256
Product dimensions: 6.30(w) x 9.20(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Maps.

List of Text Boxes.




1. Identifying ‘Religion’ in the Graeco-Roman Tradition.

2. Regional Religious Traditions of the Empire.

3. The Presence of the Gods.

4. Religion and Community.

5. Religion and Empire.

6. Religious Options.

7. Roman Religious Policy.

Epilogue: Religious Change in the Roman Empire.

Glossary of Major Deities.

Glossary of Authors and Texts.



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