Description - Roman Religion by Clifford Ando
This text introduces the reader to the complex and foreign world of Roman religion and to the major trends in its study. Roman religion has long excited the fascination of the modern world. Praised in the Enlightenment for its tolerance, it has been vilified for persecuting the early Christians. It professed a profound conservatism and yet was able to receive myths from Greece and Asia, and to accept gods from every corner of the Empire. Clifford Ando presents 14 papers on central topics in Roman religion and their implications for Roman literature, history and culture. Subjects under discussion include the nature and development of religious authority; religious institutions; the control of space and time; and the role of religion in Roman identity. Also under discussion are the general problems concerned with the narration and analysis of Rome's transition from Republic to Empire. In introducing the volume and its individual parts, Clifford Ando places each chapter in context and considers the issues of method and substance arising from the study of particular aspects of Roman religion.
His selection of papers illustrates a range of approaches from Europe, Britain and America during a century of scholarship. Four chapters are published in English for the first time and all passages of ancient languages are translated.
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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.