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Roman Religion

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This book provides an introduction to the religion and religious practices of ancient Rome. Examining sites that are familiar to many modern tourists, Valerie Warrior avoids imposing a modern perspective on the topic by using the testimony of the ancient Romans to describe traditional Roman religion. The ancient testimony recreates the social and historical contexts in whi...more
Paperback, 165 pages
Published October 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2001)
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In this work Warrior truly brings Roman religion to life. She fully explains how Roman religion impacted every aspect of the Roman world. She displays the importance of religion in the context of familial bonds, state loyalty and war. She explains the practices of divination, magic, prayer, and sacrifice in the Roman world. She emphasizes how their ideals were different than our own in these regards. She also ensures that the reader knows how they played a role shaping the calendar through fest...more
Not the kind of book I'd sit down to read for reading's sake, but its fascinating. The Romans were strange. And they had really great names. Think about it: Octavian, Cornelius, Lucious, Romulus, Tiberius. Great names!
Also, the book is full of photographs of temples, artifacts, and sculptures that make the book much more fun and interesting. It is sort of like an Eyewitness book for adults.
A scholarly yet visually impressive work that serves as a very basic introduction to the concepts involved in the study of Roman religion. Highly recommended for those with an interest in the theory or practice of the cultus deorum Romanorum.
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