Synopses & Reviews
This rigorously researched study sheds new light on the religious structures and rituals of the Italic tribes from 400 to 100 BC. Citing literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence from central and southern Italy, including a case study on the Samnite Temple of San Giovanni in Galdo, the author investigates the fluctuating function of these cult places in and among the non-Roman Italic communities, before and after the establishment of Roman rule.
About the Author
Tesse Stek is a lecturer of classical archaeology at the Radbound University in Nijmegen.
Table of Contents
1 Rome and Italy: Ideas on Cultural Change
2 'Religious Romanisation' and the Fate of Italic Rural Sanctuaries
3 Samnium: The Sacred Construction of Community and Architectural Forms
4 Location and Function of Italic Sanctuaries in Society: Three Models
5 Landscapes of the Sacred: Contextualising the Samnite Sanctuary of S. Giovanni in Galdo, Colle
6 Roman Sacred Landscapes? The Pagus-Vicus System Revised
7 Cult and Colonisation: Pagi, Vici and Sanctuaries
8 Roman Ritual in the Italian Countryside? The Paganalia and the Lustratio Pagi
9 Roman Ritual in the Italian Countryside? The Compitalia and the Shrines of the Lares