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Archaic Roman religion, with an appendix on the religion of the Etruscans.

Author: Georges Dumézil
Publisher: Chicago, University of Chicago Press [1970]
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By exhaustive study of texts, inscriptions, and archaeology of Roman sacred places, Dumezil traces the formation of archaic Roman religion from Indo-European sources through the development of the rites and beliefs of the Roman republic. He describes a religion that was not only influenced by the other religions with which it came into contact, but influenced them as well, in mutual efforts to distinguish one nation  Read more...
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Dumézil, Georges, 1898-1986.
Archaic Roman religion, with an appendix on the religion of the Etruscans.
Chicago, University of Chicago Press [1970]
(OCoLC)760701098
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Georges Dumézil
ISBN: 0226169685 9780226169682
OCLC Number: 213906
Language Note: Translation of La religion romaine archaïque.
Notes: Translation of La religion romaine archaïque.
Description: 2 volumes (xxx, 715 pages) 24 cm
Contents: Vol. 1 Uncertainty of the history of the first centuries --
Political history and religious history --
Most ardent Roman religion: numen or deus? --
Characteristics of the Roman gods --
Lost mythology: the example of the Matralia --
From Mythology to history --
Indo-European heritage at Rome --
Conservatism of the Roman religion: the case of Iuges auspicium --
Value of formulary evidence --
Roman scholars --
So-called Pontifical revolution --
Some characteristics of the Roman religion --
Balance in Roman religion --
Vocabulary of the sacred --
Purpose of this book. First part: The great gods of the archaic triad: the documents --
Interpretation: the three functions --
Jupiter --
Mars --
Quirinus --
The archaic triad: complements. Second part: ancient theology --
the Capitoline triad --
Capitoline Jupiter --
Juno --
Minerva --
the Capitoline triad --
Fires of public worship --
Frameworks --
The Beginnings --
The Times --
The Places --
Man --
The Living --
The Dead --
Forces and elements --
Third function --
Second and first functions. Vol. 2 Third part: extensions and mutations --
Personified abstractions --
Gods of the neighbors --
Gods of the enemy --
First Greek gods --
An Attempt at chronology --
Religion during the second Punic war --
First literary evidence --
Ideological innovations --
Thrusts and resistances --
Civil wars and religion. Fourth part: the cult --
Sacra publica --
Sacerdotes --
Signa and portenta --
Notes on private cults.
Other Titles: Religion romaine archaïque.
Responsibility: Translated by Philip Krapp. Foreword by Mircea Eliade.

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By exhaustive study of texts, inscriptions, and archaeology of Roman sacred places, Dumezil traces the formation of archaic Roman religion from Indo-European sources through the development of the rites and beliefs of the Roman republic. He describes a religion that was not only influenced by the other religions with which it came into contact, but influenced them as well, in mutual efforts to distinguish one nation from another. Even so, certain continuities were sustained in order to achieve a religion that crossed generations and ways of life. The worship of certain gods became the special concerns of certain parts of society, all of which needed attention to assure Rome's success in war, civil administration, and the production of food and goods.

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Vol. 1 Uncertainty of the history of the first centuries -- Political history and religious history -- Most ardent Roman religion: Numen or Deus? -- Characteristics of the Roman gods -- Lost mythology: the example of the Matralia -- From Mythology to history -- Indo-European heritage at Rome -- Conservatism of the Roman religion: the case of Iuges auspicium -- Value of formulary evidence -- Roman scholars -- So-called Pontifical revolution -- Some characteristics of the Roman religion -- Balance in Roman religion -- Vocabulary of the sacred -- Purpose of this book. First part: The great gods of the archaic triad: the documents -- Interpretation: the three functions -- Jupiter -- Mars -- Quirinus -- The archaic triad: complements. Second part: ancient theology -- the Capitoline triad -- Capitoline Jupiter -- Juno -- Minerva -- the Capitoline triad -- Fires of public worship -- Frameworks -- The Beginnings -- The Times -- The Places -- Man -- The Living -- The Dead -- Forces and elements -- Third function -- Second and first functions. Vol. 2 Third part: extensions and mutations -- Personified abstractions -- Gods of the neighbors -- Gods of the enemy -- First Greek gods -- An Attempt at chronology -- Religion during the second Punic war -- First literary evidence -- Ideological innovations -- Thrusts and resistances -- Civil wars and religion. Fourth part: the cult -- Sacra publica -- Sacerdotes -- Signa and portenta -- Notes on private cults.

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