By Jörg Rüpke
A entire remedy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this spouse locations a few of the non secular symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a greater framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman faith. An cutting edge creation to Roman faith methods the sector with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods Analyzes non secular alterations from the 8th century BC to the fourth century advert deals the 1st heritage of non secular motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils offers Roman faith inside of its cultural, social, and old contexts
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12 L). Moreover, given the almost total lack of Greek works, knowledge of Roman religion was conﬂated with knowledge of Greek religion via the preservation of various “myth” handbooks from classical antiquity (Rossum-Steenbeek 1998: 119–56), those handbooks conﬂating Greek and Roman; the popularity of Ovid made matters all the worse. Rome continued as “then,” only occasionally “now,” as in the verse of Hildebertus Cenomannensis (c. 1056–1133): Par tibi, Roma, nihil cum sis prope tota ruina / quam magni fueris integra, fracta doces (A.
Approaching Roman Religion 15 The problem lies with determining details in the obvious absence of the books themselves and the annoying presence of widely differing and wildly contradictory testimonia (G. Rohde 1936). Specialist attempts to cut the theological Gordian knot have produced solutions at once complementary and contradictory (Linderski 1985; North 1998; Rüpke 2003). We can, however, assert certain things which bear directly on Wissenschaftsgeschichte. First, the pontiffs were neither professional scholars nor professional priests; thus whatever the books really contained, scholarly treatises they did not.
The best guide to recent research is given by survey articles every three to four years organized by epochs and provinces (Belayche et al. 2000, 2003, forthcoming). For the concept of religion see J. Z. Smith (1978, 1990, 1998) and Gladigow (2005). Many chapters of this book offer frequent references, usually to the most important type of “reading,” the reading of the ancient evidence. This is mostly available in annotated and translated form, as far as standard literary texts are concerned; often conveniently put together into multi-volume corpora, as far as inscriptions are concerned; often widely scattered, analyzed without image or photographically represented without analysis, as far as archaeological evidence is concerned.
A Companion to Roman Religion (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Jörg Rüpke