Literature and Religion at Rome
Cultures, Contexts, and Beliefs
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Literature and Religion at Rome by Denis Feeney
Book DescriptionRecent reevaluations of Roman religion by ancient historians have stressed the vitality and creativity of the Romans' religious system throughout its long history of continual adaptation to new challenges. Capitalising on these insights, Denis Feeney argues that Roman literature was not an artificial or parasitic irrelevance in this context, but an important element of the dynamic religious culture, with its own status as another form of religious knowledge. Since Roman culture, both literary and religious, was so thoroughly Hellenised, the book also makes a case for a reconsideration of the traditional antitheses between Greek and Roman literature and religion, arguing against Hellenocentric prejudices and in favour of a more creative model of cultural interaction.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780521559218
(198mm x 129mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 13-Jan-1998
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
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Shadow of Callimachus, Paperback (November 2006)
A critical examination of the Roman reaction to Greek poetry of the last three pre-Christian centuries.
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This book explores a variety of critical approaches to the whole range of Horace's poetry.
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