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Rüpke, Jörg

Works: 150 works in 765 publications in 6 languages and 13,284 library holdings
Genres: History  Biography  Chronologies  Conference papers and proceedings  Criticism, interpretation, etc 
Roles: Author, Editor, Contributor, Other, Author of introduction, win, Publishing director, Creator
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Most widely held works by Jörg Rüpke
Reflections on religious individuality : Greco-Roman and Judaeo-Christian texts and practices by Jörg Rüpke( )

15 editions published between 2012 and 2016 in English and held by 1,285 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Did ancient religions know religious individuality? How did it work in texts and practices related to texts? The creation of texts offered opportunities to express one's own religious experience and shape one's own religious personality - within the boundaries of what is acceptable. Greek and Latin, Jewish and Christian texts from the Hellenistic period down to Late Antiquity created exemplary individuals or condemned individual deviance. This volume presents exemplary cases and analyses, which open a new field for research in the history of religion, covering ritual and literary innovations."--Page 4 of cover
Religion in republican Rome : rationalization and ritual change by Jörg Rüpke( )

15 editions published in 2012 in English and held by 873 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Roman religion as we know it is largely the product of the middle and late republic, the period falling roughly between the victory of Rome over its Latin allies in 338 B.C.E. and the attempt of the Italian peoples in the Social War to stop Roman domination, resulting in the victory of Rome over all of Italy in 89 B.C.E. This period witnessed the expansion and elaboration of large public rituals such as the games and the triumph as well as significant changes to Roman intellectual life, including the emergence of new media like the written calendar and new genres such as law, antiquarian writing, and philosophical discourse. -- Jacket
A companion to Roman religion by Jörg Rüpke( )

36 editions published between 2007 and 2013 in English and held by 858 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A comprehensive treatment of the significant symbols and institutions of Roman religion, this Companion places the various religious symbols, discourses, and practices, including Judaism and Christianity, into a larger framework to reveal the sprawling landscape of the Roman religion"--Publisher description
Public and private in ancient Mediterranean law and religion by Clifford Ando( )

15 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 857 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The public/private distinction is fundamental to modern theories of the family, religion and religious freedom, and state power, yet it has different salience, and is understood differently, from place to place and time to time. The volume examines the public/private distinction in the cultures and religions of the ancient Mediterranean, in the formative periods of Greece and Rome and the religions of Judaism, Christianity and Islam"--
Religion of the Romans by Jörg Rüpke( Book )

31 editions published between 2001 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 812 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The gods were the true heroes of Rome. In this major new contribution to our understanding of ancient history, Jörg Rüpke guides the reader through the fascinating world of Roman religion, describing its unique characteristics and bringing its peculiarities into stark relief. Rüpke gives a thorough and engaging account of the multiplicity of cults worshipped by peasant and aristocrat alike, the many varied rites and rituals daily observed, and the sacrifices and offerings regularly brought to these immortals by the population of Ancient Rome and its imperial colonies. This important study provides the perfect introduction to Roman religion for students of Ancient Rome and Classical Civilization."--Jacket
On Roman religion : lived religion and the individual in ancient Rome by Jörg Rüpke( )

12 editions published between 2016 and 2019 in English and held by 518 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Was religious practice in ancient Rome cultic and hostile to individual expression? Or was there, rather, considerable latitude for individual initiative and creativity? Jörg Rüpke, one of the world's leading authorities on Roman religion, demonstrates in his new book that it was a lived religion with individual appropriations evident at the heart of such rituals as praying, dedicating, making vows, and reading. On Roman Religion definitively dismantles previous approaches that depicted religious practice as uniform and static. Juxtaposing very different, strategic, and even subversive forms of individuality with traditions, their normative claims, and their institutional protections, Rüpke highlights the dynamic character of Rome's religious institutions and traditions. In Rüpke's view, lived ancient religion is as much about variations or even outright deviance as it is about attempts and failures to establish or change rules and roles and to communicate them via priesthoods, practices related to images or classified as magic, and literary practices. Rüpke analyzes observations of religious experience by contemporary authors including Propertius, Ovid, and the author of the "Shepherd of Hermas." These authors, in very different ways, reflect on individual appropriation of religion among their contemporaries, and they offer these reflections to their readership or audiences. Rüpke also concentrates on the ways in which literary texts and inscriptions informed the practice of rituals."--Publisher's description
Group identity and religious individuality in late antiquity( )

8 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 500 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

To understand the past, we necessarily group people together and, consequently, frequently assume that all of its members share the same attributes. In this volume, Rebillard and Rüpke bring renowned scholars together to challenge this norm by seeking to rediscover the individual and to explore the dynamics between individuals and the groups to which they belong. Instead of taking religious groups as their point of departure, the authors in 'Group Identity and Religious Individuality in Late Antiquity' address the methodological challenges attached to a rescaling of the analysis at the level of the individual. In particular, they explore the tension between looking for evidence about individuals and taking individuals into account when looking at evidence. Too often, the lack of direct evidence on individuals is used as a justification for taking the group as the unit of analysis. However, evidence on group life can be read with individuals as the focal point. What it reveals is how complex is the interaction of group identity and religious individuality. 0The questions examined by these authors include the complex relationships between institutional religions and religious individuals, the possibility of finding evidence on individual religiosity and exploring the multiplicity of roles and identities that characterizes every individual. Shifting the attention towards individuals also calls into question the assumption of groups and invites the study of group-making process. The result is a picture that makes room for dynamic tension between group identity and religious individuality
From Jupiter to Christ : on the history of religion in the Roman imperial period by Jörg Rüpke( Book )

39 editions published between 2000 and 2016 in 4 languages and held by 465 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The history of Roman imperial religion is of fundamental importance to the history of religion in Europe. Emerging from a decade of research, From Jupiter to Christ demonstrates that the decisive change within the Roman imperial period was not a growing number of religions or changes in their ranking and success, but a modification of the idea of 'religion' and a change in the social place of religious practices and beliefs. Religion is shown to be transformed from a medium serving the individual necessities - dealing with human contingencies like sickness, insecurity, and death - and a medium serving the public formation of political identity, into an encompassing system of ways of life, group identities, and political legitimation. Instead of offering an encyclopaedic presentation of religious beliefs, symbols, and practices throughout the period, the volume thematically presents the media that manifested and diffused religion (institutions, texts, and law), and analyses representative cases. It asks how religion changed in processes of diffusion and immigration, how fast (or how slow) practices and institutions were appropriated and modified, and reveals how these changes made Roman religion 'exportable', creating those forms of intellectualisation and enscripturation which made religion an autonomous area, different from other social fields
A companion to the archaeology of religion in the ancient world by Rubina Raja( )

14 editions published in 2015 in English and held by 394 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World presents a comprehensive overview of a wide range of topics relating to the practices, expressions, and interactions of religion in antiquity, primarily in the Greco-Roman world. Features readings that focus on religious experience and expression in the ancient world rather than solely on religious belief Places a strong emphasis on domestic and individual religious practice Represents the first time that the concept of "lived religion" is applied to the ancient history of religion and archaeology of religion Includes
Pantheon : a new history of Roman religion by Jörg Rüpke( Book )

15 editions published between 2016 and 2018 in German and English and held by 375 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A comprehensive history of ancient religion, focusing on the period from the beginning of the 1st millennium BC to the spread of Christianity in late antiquity
The Roman calendar from Numa to Constantine : time, history, and the fasti by Jörg Rüpke( )

16 editions published in 2011 in English and held by 374 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religious deviance in the Roman world : superstition or individuality? by Jörg Rüpke( Book )

24 editions published between 2011 and 2016 in 3 languages and held by 370 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Superstitio: conceptions of religious deviance in Roman antiquity -- Creation of religious norms in the late Republic -- The role of ethos and knowledge in controlling religious deviance: a Tiberian view of priestly deviance -- De Superstitione: religious experiences best not had in temples -- The normative discourse in late antiquity -- The individual in a world of competing religious norms -- Deviance and individuation: from Cicero to Theodosius
The Individual in the Religions of the Ancient Mediterranean by Jörg Rüpke( Book )

20 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 259 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Ancient religions are usually treated as collective and political phenomena and, apart from a few towering figures, the individual religious agent has fallen out of view. Addressing this gap, the essays in this volume focus on the individual and individuality in ancient Mediterranean religion. Even in antiquity, individual religious action was not determined by traditional norms handed down through families and the larger social context, but rather options were open and choices were made. On the part of the individual, this development is reflected in changes in 'individuation', the parallel process of a gradual full integration into society and the development of self-reflection and of a notion of individual identity. These processes are analysed within the Hellenistic and Imperial periods, down to Christian-dominated late antiquity, in both pagan polytheistic as well as Jewish monotheistic settings. The volume focuses on individuation in everyday religious practices in Phoenicia, various Greek cities, and Rome, and as identified in institutional developments and philosophical reflections on the self as exemplified by the Stoic Seneca"--Jacket
Religion : antiquity and its legacy by Jörg Rüpke( Book )

11 editions published between 2013 and 2014 in English and held by 221 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is a religion? What triggered the spontaneous development of distinct religions throughout the ancient world? How do religions evoke the ultimate realities they claim to address? Such questions are as evergreen as belief itself. The Hellenistic and Roman worlds were a fertile seedbed of the monotheistic faiths that dominate today's western image of religion, as well as many global conflicts. In this concise and elegant overview, Jorg Rupke addresses the similarities and differences of religions in antiquity, tracing their sometimes complex lineage into modern systems of belief. Greek and Roman religion is discussed not in isolation, but in the broader context of western Asia and Egypt. The author also addresses developments relating to early Islam on the south-eastern margins of the Byzantine Empire. Examining such topics as the functions of priests and religious functionaries; religious individualism; the relationship between religion and political identity; the acceptance of the pagan Julian calendar by Christians; and contrasting ancient and modern understandings of divination, Rupke shows that study of pre-modern culture enables us more daringly to explore the contemporary religious world
Dynamics of religion : past and present : proceedings of the XXI World Congress of the International Association for the History of Religions, Erfurt, August 23-29, 2015 by Jörg Rüpke( )

13 editions published between 2016 and 2017 in English and held by 211 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religious ideas, practices, discourses, institutions, and social expressions are in constant flux. This volume addresses the internal and external dynamics, interactions between individuals, religious communities, and local as well as global society. The contributions concentrate on four areas: 1. Contemporary religion in the public sphere: The Tactics of (In)visibility among Religious Communities in Europe; Religion Intersecting De-nationalization and Re-nationalization in Post-Apartheid South Africa; 2. Religious transformations: Forms of Religious Communities in Global Society; Political Contributions of Ancestral Cosmologies and the Decolonization of Religious Beliefs; Esoteric Tradition as Poetic Invention; 3. Focus on the individual: Religion and Life Trajectories of Islamists; Angels, Animals and Religious Change in Antiquity and Today; Gaining Access to the Radically Unfamiliar in Today's Religion; Religion between Individuals and Collectives; 4. Narrating religion: Entangled Knowledge Cultures and the Creation of Religions in Mongolia and Europe; Global Intellectual History and the Dynamics of Religion; On Representing Judaism
Fasti sacerdotum : a prosopography of pagan, Jewish, and Christian religious officials in the city of Rome, 300 BC to AD 499 by Jörg Rüpke( Book )

19 editions published between 2005 and 2008 in English and German and held by 196 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion and law in classical and Christian Rome( Book )

8 editions published in 2006 in English and German and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Kalender und Öffentlichkeit : die Geschichte der Repräsentation und religiösen Qualifikation von Zeit in Rom by Jörg Rüpke( Book )

15 editions published between 1994 and 1995 in German and held by 169 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Epigraphik - Altertumswissenschaften - Römerzeit
Domi militiae : die religiöse Konstruktion des Krieges in Rom by Jörg Rüpke( Book )

13 editions published in 1990 in German and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Beyond Priesthood Religious Entrepreneurs and Innovators in the Roman Empire by Jörg Rüpke( Book )

8 editions published in 2017 in English and Undetermined and held by 153 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This volume questions the established modern scholarly categories of priests and priesthood and focusses on processes of appropriation and contestation of religious expertise in the Imperial Era. It offers a unique insight into ancient religious specialists, their dynamic interaction with established religious authorities and institutions, and their contributions to religious innovation in the ancient Mediterranean world
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WorldCat IdentitiesRelated Identities
Religion of the Romans
Religion of the RomansThe Roman calendar from Numa to Constantine : time, history, and the fastiFasti sacerdotum : a prosopography of pagan, Jewish, and Christian religious officials in the city of Rome, 300 BC to AD 499Religion and law in classical and Christian RomeKalender und Öffentlichkeit : die Geschichte der Repräsentation und religiösen Qualifikation von Zeit in Rom
Alternative Names
Jörg Rüpke deutscher Klassischer Philologe und Religionswissenschaftler

Jörg Rüpke Duits taalkundige

Jörg Rüpke German classical philologist and religious studies scholar

Ruepke, Joerg

Rüpke, J. 1962-

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