A Companion to Roman Religion by Jörg Rüpke PDF

By Jörg Rüpke

ISBN-10: 1405129433

ISBN-13: 9781405129435

A entire remedy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this spouse areas a few of the spiritual symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a greater framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman faith.

  • An leading edge creation to Roman faith
  • Approaches the sphere with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods
  • Analyzes spiritual alterations from the 8th century BC to the fourth century advert
  • Offers the 1st background of spiritual motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils
  • Presents Roman faith inside its cultural, social, and old contexts

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Without doubt, “gods” were important symbols, either in direct representation or by their assumed existence behind the attempts to communicate with them ritually. Methodologically, however, it is important neither to engage in a debate about their existence nor to expect to find them or their traces empirically. Thus, the lack of a chapter on “gods” is intentional. Analyzed as “signs,” the “gods” have neither an essence nor biographies. To represent the immortal god in social space, one has to produce new or use established signs, and these signs vary according to the media used.

Robert Phillips, III Early Modern Europe through the Eighteenth Century The detailed study of Roman religion reappeared, but in its earlier patristics guise as polemical cudgel wielded against theological opponents, and this continued even during the Renaissance conflation and utilization of Greek and Roman religion and their mythologies. For rationalists, particularly of the Enlightenment, the ancients’ religion demonstrated savagery combined with stupidity, apparently an excellent justification for anti-clericalism.

3, 104 n. 3). Finally there are archival materials. Some have been published, such as the correspondence between Usener and Wilamowitz (Dietrich and Hiller 1994). Many have not seen the light of day, such as letters from, to, and about Stefan Weinstock (Phillips 2004); there we learn, for example, that Eduard Fraenkel’s negative report on Weinstock’s “Triumphus” manuscript led to its rejection by Oxford University Press (Phillips 2004: 1043–4). The reasons, definitely not bruited about at the time, remain unknown and we are forced to conclude from Fraenkel’s published works that while the great Latinist knew much about Roman religion, he did not know as much about it as he thought.

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