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Foreign cults in Rome : creating a Roman Empire

Author: Eric M Orlin
Publisher: Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2010
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Religion is a Particularly Rich Field Within Which to Study Roman Self-Definition, for the Romans considered themselves to be the most religious of all peoples and ascribed their imperial success to their religiosity. Building on the observation that the Romans were remarkably open to outside influences, Foreign Cults in Rome explores how the Romans installed foreign religious elements as part of their own  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Eric M Orlin
ISBN: 9780199731558 0199731551
OCLC Number: 1120532791
Description: xi, 248 pàgines : mapes ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction --
Foreign cults in Rome --
Cult introductions of the third century --
Foreign priests in Rome --
Prodigies and expiations --
Ludi --
Establishing boundaries in the second century --
The challenges of the first century
Responsibility: Eric M. Orlin.

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"Religion is a Particularly Rich Field Within Which to Study Roman Self-Definition, for the Romans considered themselves to be the most religious of all peoples and ascribed their imperial success to their religiosity. Building on the observation that the Romans were remarkably open to outside influences, Foreign Cults in Rome explores how the Romans installed foreign religious elements as part of their own religious system and how that affected their notions of what it meant to be Roman. The inclusion of so many foreign elements posed difficulties for defining a sense of Romanness at the very moment when a territorial definition was becoming obsolete. Using models drawn from anthropology, this book demonstrates that Roman religious activity beginning in the middle Republic (early third century B.C.E.) contributed to redrawing the boundaries of Romanness. The methods by which the Romans absorbed cults and priests and their development of practices in regard to expiations and the celebration of ludi allowed them to recreate a clear sense of identity, one that could include the peoples they had conquered. While this identity faced further challenges during the civil wars of the Late Republic, the book suggests that Roman openness remained a vital part of their religious behavior during this time. The volume concludes with a brief look at the reforms of the first emperor Augustus, whose activity can be understood in light of Republican activity, and whose actions laid the foundation for further adaptation under the Empire."-- Coberta del llibre.

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