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The matter of the gods : religion and the Roman Empire

Author: Clifford Ando
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2009.
Series: Transformation of the classical heritage, 44.; Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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What did the Romans know about their gods? Why did they perform the rituals of their religion, and what motivated them to change those rituals? To these questions Clifford Ando proposes simple answers: In contrast to ancient Christians, who had faith, Romans had knowledge, and their knowledge was empirical in orientation. In other words, the Romans acquired knowledge of the gods through observation of the world, and  Read more...
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Clifford Ando
ISBN: 9780520259867 0520259866
OCLC Number: 264039683
Notes: Originally published: 2008.
Description: xxiv, 239 pages ; 24 cm.
Contents: 1. Religion, Law, and Knowledge in Classical Rome ---
Part one. The limits of orthopraxy --
2. Idols and Their Critics --
3. Interpretatio Romana --
4. Religion and Ius Publicum ---
Part two. Gods of the far-flung empire --
5. A Religion for the Empire --
6. Religion and Imperialism at Rome --
7. The Palladium and the Pentateuch.
Series Title: Transformation of the classical heritage, 44.; Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Other Titles: Religion and the Roman Empire
Responsibility: Clifford Ando.

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"Will cause many people to reconsider what they think they know about the Roman religion." New England Classical Journal "Contends that in contrast to early Christians who had faith, the Romans had Read more...

 
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