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Roman Religion (Valerie M Warrior) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 9780521825115
Roman Religion (Valerie M Warrior) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 9780521825115
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Title: Roman Religion

Author: Warrior, Valerie M

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521825115

Volumes: 1; Pages: 184

List Price in Cloth: $65.00 Our price: $65.00

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Examining sites that are familiar to many modern tourists, Valerie Warrior avoids imposing a modern perspective on the topic by using the testimony of the ancient Romans to describe traditional Roman religion. The ancient testimony recreates the social and historical contexts in which Roman religion was practised. It shows, for example, how, when confronted with a foreign cult, official traditional religion accepted the new cult with suitable modifications. Basic difficulties, however, arose with regard to the monotheism of the Jews and Christianity. Carefully integrated with the text are visual representations of divination, prayer, and sacrifice as depicted on monuments, coins, and inscriptions from public buildings and homes throughout the Roman world. Also included are epitaphs and humble votive offerings that illustrate the piety of individuals, and that reveal the prevalence of magic and the occult in the spiritual lives of the ancient Romans.Contents1. The Gods and their worship2. Divination, prayer, and sacrifice3. Religion and the family4. Religion and the state5. Religion and war6. The calendar, festivals, and games7. Official attitudes towards foreign cults8. Magic and the occult9. Becoming a God10. The Jews and Christianity
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