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Religion in the Roman Empire : Blackwell Ancient Religions - James B. Rives

Religion in the Roman Empire

Blackwell Ancient Religions

Paperback Published: 9th June 2006
ISBN: 9781405106566
Number Of Pages: 252

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This book provides an engaging, systematic introduction to religion in the Roman empire.

  • Covers both mainstream Graeco-Roman religion and regional religious traditions, from Egypt to Western Europe
  • Examines the shared assumptions and underlying dynamics that characterized religious life as a whole
  • Draws on a wide range of primary material, both textual and visual, from literary works, inscriptions and monuments
  • Offers insight into the religious world in which contemporary rabbinic Judaism and Christianity both had their origin

"This is just what Rives's volume does best: to show us where we stand in a thought-provoking manner that invites further questions about "religion" in the Roman empire." (Phoenix, 2011)

"The section openings are often carefully and helpfully linked to preceding arguments, within and across chapters." (Journal of Religion, 2009)"?the book is important as an attempt to create a textbook in an area normally?left to an appendix because the problems are all too forbidding?" (Greece and Rome, Vol 55 No. 2 2008)

"This is the best available introduction to religion in the Roman world, and will be indispensable for classroom use and in library collections." (Choice ? A Choice Outstanding Academic Title for 2007)

"A dense and stimulating overview of Roman religion." (Bryn Mawr Reviews)

"A concise, readable, stimulating, and adroitly organised introduction to a vast cumbersome topic." (Scholia Reviews)

"Rives deftly engages the reader with the Roman world, and succeeds magnificently in making sense of its seemingly baffling variety of religious life."
?Simon Price, University of Oxford

List of Illustrations.

List of Maps.

List of Text Boxes.




1. Identifying ?Religion? in the Graeco-Roman Tradition.

2. Regional Religious Traditions of the Empire.

3. The Presence of the Gods.

4. Religion and Community.

5. Religion and Empire.

6. Religious Options.

7. Roman Religious Policy.

Epilogue: Religious Change in the Roman Empire.

Glossary of Major Deities.

Glossary of Authors and Texts.



ISBN: 9781405106566
ISBN-10: 1405106565
Series: Blackwell Ancient Religions
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 252
Published: 9th June 2006
Publisher: John Wiley and Sons Ltd
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.73 x 15.59  x 1.88
Weight (kg): 0.38
Edition Number: 1