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A companion to Roman religion /
edited by Jörg Rüpke.
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Oxford : Blackwell Pub., 2007.
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xxx, 542 p. : ill., maps.
ISBN
1405129433 (hardcover : alk. paper), 9781405129435 (hardcover : alk. paper)
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Oxford : Blackwell Pub., 2007.
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1405129433 (hardcover : alk. paper)
9781405129435 (hardcover : alk. paper)
contents note
Roman religion religions of Rome / Jörg Rüpke -- Approaches to Roman religion / C. Robert Phillips III -- Changes -- Religion in archaic latium / Christopher Smith -- Italian religion before, above and under the Romans / Oliver de Cazanove -- Urban religion in the middle and late republic / Eric Orlin -- The long reign : religion in the Augustan semi-century / Karl Galinsky -- A common religion for the empire, the second century / William van Andringa -- Ultima ratio : religions and religious policy from Decius to Constantine / Hartmut Leppin -- Religious koine and religious dissent in the fourth century / Michele Renee Salzman -- Media -- The history of Roman religion in Roman historiography and epic / Denis Feeney -- Coins / Jonathan Williams -- Reliefs, public and private (including sarcophagi) / Katja Moede -- Epigraphy : tombstones, dedications, and calendars / Rudolf Haensch -- Religion in the house : mosaics, wallpaintings, luxury and everyday objects / Annemarie Kaufmann-Heinimann -- Symbols and practices -- Cult places and religious architecture, and images / Ulrike Egelhaaf-Gaiser -- Complex rituals : games and processions in republican Rome / Frank Bernstein -- Prayer and hymns / Frances Hickson Hahn -- Music and dance / Friederike Fless/Katja Moede -- Sacrifices for gods and ancestors (incl. funeral ritual) / John Scheid -- Actors and actions -- Religion and daily needs (votive religion, "magical" practices) / Nicole Belayche -- Republican nobiles : controlling the res publica (augury and prodigy) / Veit Rosenberger -- Emperors : Caring for the empire and their own successors / Peter Herz -- Urban elites in the empire : enhancing regional positions and social superiority / Athanassios Ritzakis -- Living on religion : professionals and personnel / Marietta Horster -- Different religious identities -- Being a foreigner in Rome : Roman Jews / Jack Lightstone -- Creating one's own religion : intellectual and professional choices (neo-pythagorism etc.) / Attilio Mastrocinque -- Institutionalized religious options : mithraicism / Richard Gordon -- The romanness of Roman Christianity / Stefan Heid -- Roman religion outside and seen from outside -- Exporting religion : colonies and municipal laws / Clifford Ando -- The view from the east / Ted Kaizer -- The view from the west / Cecilia Ames.
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Victoria University Library copy donated by The Friends of Victoria University Library.
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6228676
 
Gift to Victoria University Library. Friends of Victoria University Library. 2008/03/31.
Includes bibliographical references and index.
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Full Text Reviews
Appeared in Choice on 2008-03-01:
This important volume comprises a fairly comprehensive collection of 31 independent essays by recognized scholars in the area of Roman religion. Rather than providing a mundane catalog of the Roman gods and goddesses, and a summary of their cultic sites and rituals, this work focuses on the human dimension of Roman religion. It thus examines the social, cultural, and historical dynamics of Roman religion as it evolved from the archaic period to the late imperial era (8th century BCE to the 4th century CE). The editor has divided the volume into six areas in order to explore thematically how Roman religion evolved over time; how it was communicated through literature, epigraphy, and the household; how it was expressed through cultic sites and ritual; how it related to other "religious identities"; and how it was observed by outsiders. Many of the issues this volume raises have been explored extensively elsewhere, but not in such an erudite, comprehensive collection. This is a major contribution to classical studies, ancient history, and religion, and a crucial addition to any serious collection. Summing Up: Essential. Lower-level undergraduates through faculty/researchers; general readers. J. R. Asher Georgetown College
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"I would recommend this volume as worthy reference status in any library for its many valuable gems of information." (Journal of Classics Teaching, Autumn 2008)"Not by any means a volume for beginners, but an admirably full and ambitious reference book to which more advanced students can confidently be directed." (Greece and Rome, Vol 55 No. 2 2008)"Issues ... have been explored ... but not in such an erudite, comprehensive collection ... a major contribution ... and a crucial addition to any serious collection. Essential." (Choice)"Provides a comprehensive treatment of Roman religion ... Written by international experts, this volume offers a new approach." (WordTrade.com)
"Utilize[s] an appealing thematic organization.... Riipke's editorial style nimbly shifts the reader's focus from one point to another." ( Scholia Reviews , 2009) "I would recommend this volume as worthy reference status in any library for its many valuable gems of information." ( Journal of Classics Teaching , Autumn 2008) "Not by any means a volume for beginners, but an admirably full and ambitious reference book to which more advanced students can confidently be directed." ( Greece and Rome , 2008) "Issues ... have been explored ... but not in such an erudite, comprehensive collection ... a major contribution ... and a crucial addition to any serious collection. Essential." ( CHOICE ) "Provides a comprehensive treatment of Roman religion.... Written by international experts, this volume offers a new approach." ( Wordtrade.com )
"Utilize[s] an appealing thematic organization ... .Riipke's editorial style nimbly shifts the reader's focus from one point to another." (Scholia Reviews, 2009)"I would recommend this volume as worthy reference status in any library for its many valuable gems of information." (Journal of Classics Teaching, Autumn 2008)"Not by any means a volume for beginners, but an admirably full and ambitious reference book to which more advanced students can confidently be directed." (Greece and Rome, 2008)"Issues hellip; have been explored hellip; but not in such an erudite, comprehensive collection hellip; a major contribution hellip; and a crucial addition to any serious collection. Essential." (CHOICE)"Provides a comprehensive treatment of Roman religion hellip; .Written by international experts, this volume offers a new approach." (Wordtrade.com)
"This Companion will in fact be sustaining company as we try to read these signs to find the meaning that compelled such commitment." (Phoenix, 2011) "Utilize[s] an appealing thematic organization.... Riipkes editorial style nimbly shifts the readers focus from one point to another." ( Scholia Reviews , 2009) "I would recommend this volume as worthy reference status in any library for its many valuable gems of information." ( Journal of Classics Teaching , Autumn 2008) "Not by any means a volume for beginners, but an admirably full and ambitious reference book to which more advanced students can confidently be directed." ( Greece and Rome , 2008) "Issues ... have been explored ... but not in such an erudite, comprehensive collection ... a major contribution ... and a crucial addition to any serious collection. Essential." ( CHOICE ) "Provides a comprehensive treatment of Roman religion.... Written by international experts, this volume offers a new approach." ( Wordtrade.com )
"This Companion will in fact be sustaining company as we try to read these signs to find the meaning that compelled such commitment." (Phoenix, 2011) "Utilize[s] an appealing thematic organization.... Riipke's editorial style nimbly shifts the reader's focus from one point to another." ( Scholia Reviews , 2009) "I would recommend this volume as worthy reference status in any library for its many valuable gems of information." ( Journal of Classics Teaching , Autumn 2008) "Not by any means a volume for beginners, but an admirably full and ambitious reference book to which more advanced students can confidently be directed." ( Greece and Rome , 2008) "Issues ... have been explored ... but not in such an erudite, comprehensive collection ... a major contribution ... and a crucial addition to any serious collection. Essential." ( CHOICE ) "Provides a comprehensive treatment of Roman religion.... Written by international experts, this volume offers a new approach." ( Wordtrade.com )
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Summaries
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This companion provides a comprehensive treatment of Roman religion within its cultural, social, and historical contexts. Written by international experts, this volume offers a new approach, directing its focus away from the gods and concentrating on the human-figures of Roman religion. The book addresses the media through which religion was experienced and shared, including epigraphy, mosaics, wall-paintings, drama, and poetry, and provides, for example, the first ever history of religious motifs on coins. Placing the various discourses and practices into a larger geographical and cultural framework, this volume also considers the cults, gods, iconography, rituals, and texts that were exported widely throughout the empire, revealing the sprawling landscape of Roman religion. Judaism and Christianity are firmly placed within a strongly historical approach, covering the period from the eighth century BC to the fourth century AD.
Main Description
A comprehensive treatment of the significant symbols and institutions of Roman religion, this Companion places the various religious symbols, discourses, and practices, including Judaism and Christianity, into a larger framework to reveal the sprawling landscape of the Roman religion. An innovative introduction to Roman religion Approaches the field with a focus on the human-figures instead of the gods Analyzes religious changes from the eighth century BC to the fourth century AD Offers the first history of religious motifs on coins and household/everyday utensils Presents Roman religion within its cultural, social, and historical contexts
Bowker Data Service Summary
An innovative introduction to Roman religion, this text analyses religious changes from the 8th century BC to the 4th century AD. It offers a history of religious motifs on coins and household/everyday utensils.
Table of Contents
List of Figures
List of Maps
Notes on Contributors
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Maps
Roman Religion - Religions of Rome: J_rg R8pke
Approaching Roman Religion: The Case for Wissenschaftsgeschichte
Changes
The Religion of Archaic Rome
Pre-Roman Italy, Before and Under the Romans
Urban Religion in the Middle and Late Republic
Continuity and Change: Religion in the Augustan Semi-Century
Religions and the Integration of Cities in the Empire in the Second Century AD: The Creation of a Common Religious Language
Old Religions Transformed: Religions and Religious Policy from Decius to Constantine
Religious Koine and Religious Dissent in the Fourth Century
Media
The History of Roman Religion in Roman Historiography and Epic
Religion and Roman Coins
Reliefs, Public and Private
Inscriptions as Sources of Knowledge for Religions and Cults in the Roman World of Imperial Times
Religion in the House
Symbols and Practices
Roman Cult Sites: A Pragmatic Approach
Complex Rituals: Games and Processions in Republican Rome
Performing the Sacred: Prayers and Hymns
Music and Dance: Forms of Representation in Pictorial and Written Sources
Sacrifices for Gods and Ancestors
Actors and Actions
Religious Actors in Daily Life: Practices and Related Beliefs
Republican Nobiles: Controlling the Res Publica
Emperors: Caring for the Empire and Their Successors
Urban Elites in the Roman East: Enhancing Regional Positions and Social Superiority
Living on Religion: Professionals and Personnel
Different Religious Identities
Roman Diaspora Judaism
Creating One's Own Religion: Intellectual Choices
Institutionalized Religious Options: Mithraism
The Romanness of Roman Christianity
Roman Religion Outside and Seen from Outside
Exporting Roman Religion
Religion in the Roman East
Roman Religion in the Vision of Tertullian
Bibliography
General Index
Index of Personal Names
Index of Places
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