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Religious networks in the Roman empire : the spread of new ideas

Author: Anna Collar
Publisher: Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2013.
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Examines the relationship between social networks and religious transmission to reappraise how new religious ideas spread in the Roman Empire.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
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Collar, Anna, 1979-
Religious networks in the Roman empire.
New York : Cambridge University Press, 2013
(DLC) 2013013781
(OCoLC)847246010
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Anna Collar
ISBN: 9781107724051 1107724058 9781107730427 1107730422 9781306376501 1306376505 9781107338364 1107338360 9781107732179 1107732174
OCLC Number: 867317166
Description: 1 online resource : maps
Contents: Chapter One The network approach; Introduction: Why networks? Why now?; A brief history of networks and how they work; Social identity and clustering; Spreading information: innovation, vulnerability and cascade; Where's the humanity? Networks and opinion leaders; Boundaries, hubs, cascade and 'failure'; Networks, identity and antiquity; Networks in archaeology; Proximal Point Analysis; Small-worlds; Complexity Theory; Relational space; Centrality: betweenness and closeness. Social Network AnalysisA network archaeology: crossing scales of change; Points of contention, and the use of networks in this book; Chapter Two Networks and religion in the Roman world; Introduction; The Roman Empire: a 'global' network?; The network of governance and the Imperial cult; The army: a network of might; Controlling the landscape: transport, buildings and Roman identity; Controlling the economy: networks of exchange; Religion in the Roman Empire; The religious context of the Roman Empire; A changing picture: religious groups, private religion and the effects of empire. Religious authority and 'belief'Finding religion: archaeology, epigraphy and symbols; Analysing ancient religious choices, change and continuity; New cults and social networks; Ritual and religious transmission; Chapter Three Jupiter Dolichenus: military networks on the edges of empire; Introduction; Jupiter Dolichenus: origins; A brief history of the region; Doliche; Early iconography; Iconography of the Roman cult; Explanations for success?; Hypothesis: activation of a Roman military network; Epigraphic analysis and the nature of the evidence; Chronological framework and initial dispersion. The role of the eastern campaigns in cult diffusionTrajan's Parthian wars: 114-117; The Bar Kokhba revolt: 132-135; Lucius Verus' Parthian expedition: 161-167; Septimius Severus' eastern campaigns: 195, 197-198and 208; Syrian recruits; The influence of traders; The communications network of Roman military officials; Administering the army: structure and communication; The mobility of the officer class; Visualising the network; Initial PPA (Map 3.5); Developing networks over time (Maps 3.6-3.9); First-century bc-ad 150: Map 3.6; ad 151-211: Map 3.7; ad 212-253: Map 3.8; ad 254-300: Map 3.9. Beyond the military: networks and receptive social spaceCentres of diffusion; Syrians and priests; The military-civilian interface; Conclusions: social networks and social spaces for new cults; The end of the cult; Networks and cognitive space; Chapter Four The Jewish Diaspora in the west: the rabbinic reforms, ethnicity and the (re?)activation of Jewish identity; Introduction; Jews in a gentile world; The beginnings of Diaspora; The Temple and the synagogue: participation in community and civic life; Assimilation and dissonance; Gentile reaction to Diaspora i: hostility and 'anti-Semitism'. Expansion of 'ethnicity' i: Jewish-gentile intermarriage.
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