By Jörg Rüpke
A entire remedy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this spouse locations a few of the spiritual symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a better framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman faith.
- An cutting edge creation to Roman faith
- Approaches the sphere with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods
- Analyzes non secular alterations from the 8th century BC to the fourth century advert
- Offers the 1st historical past of non secular motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils
- Presents Roman faith inside its cultural, social, and ancient contexts
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323 bc) and on the basis of the earlier establishment of Greek ports and trading centers on Mediterranean coastlands, this Hellenistic culture had developed techniques of delocalization, of universalizing ancient Greek traditions. It offered grids of history, a mythic geography that could integrate places and societies like Rome and the Romans. Greeks thought Romans to be Trojans long before Romans discovered the usefulness of being Trojans in talking with Greeks. Religion for a City and an Empire Roman religion was the religion of one of hundreds of Mediterranean cities.
Varro’s works remained very popular in late antiquity, Servius frequently cites them by title, and thus Arnobius represents the exception while Augustine the rule. Contrariwise, the works of Nigidius Figulus passed out of general interest after the second century ad, making it far more likely that later quotations attributed to him come from handbooks. We can cautiously assert that there was an overall tendency toward that which Isidore of Seville exemplifies, the promiscuous use of handbooks and lack of ACTC02 24/04/2007 04:49PM Page 16 16 C.
Analyzed as “signs,” the “gods” have neither an essence nor biographies. To represent the immortal god in social space, one has to produce new or use established signs, and these signs vary according to the media used. Narratives are an important medium, for example in historiography or epic (chapter 10); images could appear on coins (chapter 11), on reliefs (chapter 12), or independently as sculptured statues (chapter 15); and conventions of representation, of the use, and of the audience vary from genre to genre.
A Companion to Roman Religion by Jörg Rüpke