This book explores how recent findings and research provide a richer understanding of religious activities in Republican Rome and contemporary central Italic societies, including the Etruscans, during the period of the Middle and Late Republic. While much recent research has focused on the Romanization of areas outside Italy in later periods, this volume investigates religious aspects of the Romanization of the Italian peninsula itself. The essays strive to integrate literary evidence with archaeological and epigraphic material as they consider the nexus of religion and politics in early Italy; the impact of Roman institutions and practices on Italic society; the reciprocal impact of non-Roman practices and institutions on Roman custom; and the nature of 'Roman', as opposed to 'Latin', 'Italic', or 'Etruscan', religion in the period in question. The resulting volume illuminates many facets of religious praxis in Republican Italy, while at the same time complicating the categories we use to discuss it.
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Author Biography - Paul B. Harvey
Paul B. Harvey, Jr. is Associate Professor in the Departments of Classics and Ancient Mediterranean Studies, History and Religious Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. He has published numerous articles on topics in classics and late antique studies and is a co-author of Vols. II and III of The Laws of the Medieval Kingdom of Hungary. Celia E. Schultz is Assistant Professor of Classics at Yale University and has taught at the Pennsylvania State University, Bryn Mawr College, and the Johns Hopkins University. She is the author of Women's Religious Activity in the Roman Republic (2006).