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The gods of ancient Rome

Author: Robert Turcan
Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press, 2000.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This is a vivid account of what their gods meant to the Romans from archaic times to late antiquity, and of the rites and rituals connected with them. After an introduction into the nature of classical religion, the book is divided into three parts: religions of the family and land; religions of the city; and religions of the empire. The book ends with a discussion of the rise and impact of Christianity. For the  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Turcan
ISBN: 0748613897 9780748613892 0748613900 9780748613908
OCLC Number: 52348863
Language Note: Translation of Rome et ses dieux (Paris: Hachette, 1998).
Description: xii, 180 pages : illustrations ; 24 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 --
5. Conclusion: The impact of Christianity --
Guide to further reading / J.E. Reeson.
Other Titles: Rome et ses dieux.
Responsibility: Robert Turcan ; translated by Antonia Nevill.

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