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The Gods of Ancient Rome: Religion in Everyday Life from Archaic to Imperial Times

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This book is a vivid account of what their gods meant to the Romans from archaic times to late antiquity, and an exploration of the rites and rituals connected with them. After an extensive introduction into the nature of classical religion, this book is divided into three main parts: religions of the family and land; religions of the city; and religions of the empire. The ...more
Paperback, 180 pages
Published March 21st 2001 by Routledge (first published 1988)
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Mary Overton
One of Turcan's themes is how the Eastern cults provided a bridge from impersonal, remote classical religion to the personal salvation religion of Christianity.

"An uncrossable frontier had formerly separated the immortal and happy Olympian gods from humankind, which was obviously mortal and unhappy. But Dionysus, Attis and Osiris themselves had undergone mutilation, suffering and death; and they had triumphed over it." [pg. 22]

"In space as well as time, the cosmic and sovereign gods of the Helle
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Colin
Jan 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Good, if somewhat basic, introduction to the Roman concepts of religion from the earliest times to the empire. Recommended for anyone with a serious interest in the cultus deorum Romanorum.
Bruce Morton
Turcan is careful and not prone to sensational conclusions. However, he also does a good job of characterizing the mass-appeal of the ancient mystery religions during the Roman Imperial Period.
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