The Gods Of Ancient Rome

Autor: Robert Turcan
Publisher: Routledge
ISBN: 1136058508
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First published in 2001. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.

The Mind Of Mithraists

Autor: Luther H. Martin
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 147258421X
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The Roman cult of Mithras was the most widely-dispersed and densely-distributed cult throughout the expanse of the Roman Empire from the end of the first until the fourth century AD, rivaling the early growth and development of Christianity during the same period. As its membership was largely drawn from the ranks of the military, its spread, but not its popularity is attributable largely to military deployments and re-deployments. Although mithraists left behind no written archival evidence, there is an abundance of iconographic finds. The only characteristic common to all Mithraic temples were the fundamental architecture of their design, and the cult image of Mithras slaying a bull. How were these two features so faithfully transmitted through the Empire by a non-centralized, non-hierarchical religious movement? The Minds of Mithraists: Historical and Cognitive Studies in the Roman Cult of Mithras addresses these questions as well as the relationship of Mithraism to Christianity, explanations of the significance of the tauroctony and of the rituals enacted in the mithraea, and explanations for the spread of Mithraism (and for its resistance in a few places). The unifying theme throughout is an investigation of the 'mind' of those engaged in the cult practices of this widespread ancient religion. These investigations represent traditional historical methods as well as more recent studies employing the insights of the cognitive sciences, demonstrating that cognitive historiography is a valuable methodological tool.

The Cults Of The Roman Empire

Autor: Robert Turcan
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISBN: 9780631200475
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This book is about the multiplicity of gods and religions that characterized the Roman world before Constantine. It was not the noble gods such as Jove, Apollo and Diana, who were crucial to the lives of the common people in the empire, bur gods of an altogether more earthly, earth level, whose rituals and observances may now seem bizarre. As well as being of wide general interest, this book will appeal to students of the Roman Empire and of the history of religion.

New Perspectives On Etruria And Early Rome

Autor: Sinclair Bell
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In surveying recent developments in Etruscan and Roman studies, the contributors to this collection pay tribute to an individual who has made a significant and influential contribution to both fields: Richard De Puma

The Worlds Of Roman Women

Autor: Ann Raia
Publisher: Focus Pub R Pullins & Company
ISBN: 9781585101306
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An intermediate reader in Latin on the theme of women in the Roman world. Readings, exercises and extensive on line resources.

Theorizing Religions Past

Autor: Harvey Whitehouse
Publisher: Altamira Pr
ISBN: 9780759106208
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Historians bound by their singular stories and archaeologists bound by their material evidence donOt typically seek out broad comparative theories of religion. But recently Harvey WhitehouseOs Omodes of religiosityO theory has been attracting many scholars of past religions. Based upon universal features of human cognition, WhitehouseOs theory can provide useful comparisons across cultures and historical periods even when limited cultural data is present. In this groundbreaking volume, scholars of cultures from prehistorical hunter-gatherers to 19th century Scandinavian Lutherans evaluate WhitehouseOs hypothesis that all religions tend toward either an imagistic or a doctrinal mode depending on how they are remembered and transmitted. Theorizing Religions Past provides valuable insights for all historians of religion and especially for those interested in a new cognitive method for studying the past.

Handbook To Life In Ancient Rome

Autor: Lesley Adkins
Publisher: Infobase Publishing
ISBN: 0816074828
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Describes the people, places, and events of Ancient Rome, describing travel, trade, language, religion, economy, industry and more, from the days of the Republic through the High Empire period and beyond.