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Religion in the Roman Empire

Author: J B Rives
Publisher: Malden, MA : Blackwell Pub., 2007.
Series: Blackwell ancient religions.
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"This book provides a systematic introduction to religion in the Roman Empire. It explores mainstream Graeco-Roman religion, as well as the diverse regional religions within the empire, from the millennia-old traditions of Egypt to the Celtic traditions of Western Europe." "The author describes the distinctive features of religion in the Roman world and examines the shared assumptions and underlying dynamics that  Read more...
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Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: J B Rives
ISBN: 9781405106559 1405106557 9781405106566 1405106565
OCLC Number: 62172818
Description: x, 237 pages : illustrations, maps ; 24 cm.
Contents: The Roman Empire --
Religion and religions --
The sources --
Identifying religion in the Graeco-Roman tradition --
The nature of the divine --
Approaches to the divine --
Cult --
Myth --
Art --
Philosophy --
Conclusion --
Three problematic topics --
Authority --
Belief --
Morality --
Conclusion --
Regional religious traditions of the empire --
Greece --
Asia Minor --
Syria --
Egypt --
North Africa --
Western Europe --
Eastern Europe --
Italy --
Uniformity and diversity in the religious traditions of the empire --
The presence of the gods --
The gods in the world --
The power of the gods --
Manifestations of the gods --
Conclusion --
Religion and community --
The city --
The household --
Voluntary associations --
Conclusion --
Religion and empire --
Mobility of worshippers --
Mobility of gods --
Identifying gods --
Emperors and gods --
Conclusion --
Religious options --
Attractions --
Esoteric wisdom --
Divine inspiration --
Advantages --
Traditional benefits --
Intensification --
Salvation --
Conclusion --
Roman religious policy --
Atheism and superstition --
Religious authority --
Three particular cases --
Magic --
Judaean tradition --
Christianity --
Conclusion --
Epilogue: religious change in the Roman Empire.
Series Title: Blackwell ancient religions.
Responsibility: James B. Rives.
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