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Roman Religion by Clifford Ando
Book DescriptionThis book introduces students to the complex and foreign world of Roman religion and to major trends in its study. Praised in the Enlightenment for its supposed tolerance, it has been vilified for persecuting the early Christians. It professed a profound conservatism and yet received myths from Greece and Asia and gods from every corner of the Empire. Clifford Ando presents fourteen papers on central topics in the study of Roman religion and its connections with Roman literature, history and culture. Subjects treated include the nature and development of religious authority and religious institutions; the control of space and time; and religion's role in fashioning Roman identity. Also under discussion is the narration and analysis of Rome's transition from Republic to Empire. In introducing the volume and its individual parts, Clifford Ando considers issues of method and substance arising from the study of Roman religion and places each chapter in context. His selection of papers illustrates a range from approaches from Europe, Britain and America during a century of scholarship. Four papers are published in English for the first time. The book includes a chronology, biographical dictionary, glossary and guide to further reading; all passages of ancient languages are translated.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780748615667
(234mm x 156mm x 24mm)
Imprint: Edinburgh University Press
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publish Date: 11-Jul-2003
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Clifford Ando
Oxford Handbook of Roman Law and Society, Hardback (October 2016)
The Oxford Handbook of Roman Law and Society offers a reassessment of Roman law of the long classical period in light of Roman society.
Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire, Paperback (October 2013)
The Roman empire remains unique. Although Rome claimed to rule the world, it did not. This title argues that the longevity of the empire rested not on Roman military power but on a gradually realized consensus that Roman rule was justified.
Imperial Rome AD 193 to 284, Paperback (June 2012)
The Roman empire during the period framed by the accession of Septimus Severus in 193 and the rise of Diocletian in 284 has conventionally been regarded as one of crisis. This book describes and integrates the contrasting histories of different parts of the empire and assesses the impacts of administrative, political and religious change.
Matter of the Gods, Paperback (March 2009)» View all books by Clifford Ando
What did the Romans know about their gods? Why did they perform the rituals of their religion, and what motivated them to change those rituals? This book proposes simple answers: in contrast to ancient Christians, who had faith, Romans had knowledge, and their knowledge was empirical in orientation.
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Author Biography - Clifford Ando
Clifford Ando is Professor of Classics at the University of Chicago. His books Imperial Ideology and Provincial Loyalty in the Roman Empire and Roman Religion: A Reader were published respectively by the University of California Press in 2000 and EUP in 2003.
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