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The Gods of ancient Rome : religion in everyday life from archaic to imperial times

Author: Robert Turcan
Publisher: New York : Routledge, 2001.
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"This is a vivid account of what their gods meant to the Romans from archaic times to late antiquity, and an exploration of the rites and rituals connected with them. After an extensive introduction into the nature of classical religion, the book is divided into three main parts: religions of the family and land; religions of the city; and religions of the empire. The book ends with the rise and impact of  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Turcan
ISBN: 0415929741 9780415929745
OCLC Number: 47992789
Description: xii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 23 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction: pietas Romana --
2. Religions of the family and the land (Daily rituals ; From the cradle to the grave ; Special rites, duties and solemn occasions ; Gentilitial or 'clan' cults) --
3. Religions of the city (Organisation of the priesthood ; Periodic rituals ; Rituals for special occasions) --
4. Religions of the Empire (Foreign cults ; The Imperial cult ; The occult, necromancy and strange devotions) --
Conclusion: The impact of Christianity.
Other Titles: Rome et ses dieux.
Responsibility: Robert Turcan ; translated by Antonia Nevill.
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"This is a vivid account of what their gods meant to the Romans from archaic times to late antiquity, and an exploration of the rites and rituals connected with them. After an extensive introduction into the nature of classical religion, the book is divided into three main parts: religions of the family and land; religions of the city; and religions of the empire. The book ends with the rise and impact of Christianity. Book jacket."--Jacket.

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