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Religion in the Roman Empire (Blackwell Ancient Religions)

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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.

Synopsis:

This book provides an engaging, systematic introduction to religion in the Roman empire.

Synopsis:

This book provides an engaging, systematic introduction to religion in the Roman empire.
  • Covers both mainstream Graeco-Roman religion and regional religious traditions, from Egypt to Western Europe
  • Examines the shared assumptions and underlying dynamics that characterized religious life as a whole
  • Draws on a wide range of primary material, both textual and visual, from literary works, inscriptions and monuments
  • Offers insight into the religious world in which contemporary rabbinic Judaism and Christianity both had their origin

About 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.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations.

List of Maps.

List of Text Boxes.

Acknowledgments.

Maps.

Introduction.

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.

References.

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9781405106566
Author:
Rives, J. B.
Publisher:
Wiley-Blackwell
Author:
Rives, James
Author:
Rives, James B.
Subject:
History
Subject:
Religion
Subject:
Civilization
Subject:
Ancient - Rome
Subject:
Ancient - General
Subject:
Rome Religion.
Subject:
Rome Civilization.
Subject:
Religion Comparative-General
Subject:
Roman history
Subject:
Roman Studies
Subject:
Ancient & Classical History
Copyright:
Series:
Blackwell Ancient Religions
Series Volume:
1
Publication Date:
June 2006
Binding:
Electronic book text in proprietary or open standard format
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
256
Dimensions:
9.02x7.14x.76 in. .84 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , This book provides an engaging, systematic introduction to religion in the Roman empire.
"Synopsis" by , This book provides an engaging, systematic introduction to religion in the Roman empire.
  • Covers both mainstream Graeco-Roman religion and regional religious traditions, from Egypt to Western Europe
  • Examines the shared assumptions and underlying dynamics that characterized religious life as a whole
  • Draws on a wide range of primary material, both textual and visual, from literary works, inscriptions and monuments
  • Offers insight into the religious world in which contemporary rabbinic Judaism and Christianity both had their origin
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