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A complete therapy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this spouse areas many of the non secular symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a higher framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman faith. An cutting edge creation to Roman faith ways the sphere with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods Analyzes spiritual adjustments from the 8th century BC to the fourth century advert deals the 1st heritage of non secular motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils provides Roman faith inside of its cultural, social, and old contexts

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E. Cary). Varro’s Antiquities of Divine Things survived in fragments only (a shorter self-quotation might be found in his On Latin Language 6); the polemical usage of it by the Christians Tertullian, in his To the Nations, and Augustine, in his City of God (books 4–7), give the best idea of its contents and later reception. From the first half of the third century, Minucius Felix’s dialogue Octavius offers another polemical and informed view on early (rather than middle) imperial Roman religion (trans.

Many stories, the huge number of non-public rituals, individual “superstitions” (doing or believing more than is necessary), the complicated procedures for installing priests: all this demonstrates the independence of the gods and the possibility of distinguishing between religion and politics, between res sacrae and res publicae, in everyday life. It was religion thus conceptualized, thus set apart, that could be used as a seemingly independent source of legitimization for political action. This set the guidelines for liberty and control and explains the harsh reaction to every move that seemed to create an alternative, a counter-public, by means of religion.

Robert Phillips, III acquaintance with those handbooks’ sources. To return and recapitulate, Labeo points to substantial scholarly interest in Roman religion, an interest which his contemporary Censorinus may have shared through demonstrable use of Suetonius’ lost De anno Romanorum (On the Year of the Romans), but they remain the sole exemplars of such interest in his era, and this accords with the period’s general tendencies and contrasts with earlier eras. In general, the patristic authors as they prosecute their polemical agenda present occasional bits of information as mere snippets of indifferent probative value hastily culled from larger works; Tertullian may constitute a significant exception (see chapter 31 in this volume).

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