By Jörg Rüpke
A accomplished therapy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this significant other locations a number 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 advent to Roman faith methods the sector with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods Analyzes non secular adjustments from the 8th century BC to the fourth century advert bargains the 1st background of non secular motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils offers Roman faith inside its cultural, social, and ancient contexts
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Seventh, no known Roman author, Varro included, devoted himself largely to the study of Roman religion as did, say, St. Augustine for Christianity. There is also the issue of religious knowledge, and discussion thereof, in legal texts literary and epigraphic, sometimes anonymous, sometimes not. 2). But on what terms? Did theorizing about the relation between magic and religion exist in any form (Phillips 1991b)? The famous decision of the senate de Bacchanalibus (186 bc: ILLRP 2 511) betokens knowledge of and thought about the cult: the rites are secret (10), but it is recognized that the goddess may require some to participate (2).
This is perhaps a function of the empirico-positivism of classical studies (A4, B3). Contemporary intellectual bifurcation. Too often classicists who would never utilize the concept “primitive” in other cultural connections continue to use it to characterize aspects of Roman religion. Field bifurcation. Theory continues in religious studies and continues to be reﬁned. But scholars in that ﬁeld left Roman religion to classical studies and do not demonstrate the same interest in the Roman evidence as did their predecessors; likewise, the formerly close links between classicists specializing in Roman religion and scholars in religious studies have virtually vanished today.
The Renaissance marked an expanded interest in classical antiquity, especially after Greek texts reappeared widely. Interest devolved on the traditional mythologies, especially those useful for ﬁne art and literature, or on the necessary processes of ﬁnding and restoring the widely scattered texts (often in a deplorable state of preservation). g. Valla, Politian) spent more time simply recovering the texts and gleaning their most obvious meanings; plumbing the meanings lay later, for the Scaligers of Europe.
A Companion to Roman Religion (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Jörg Rüpke