The Religion of the Romans

Author: Jörg Rüpke

Publisher: Polity

ISBN: 9780745630144

Category: History

Page: 350

View: 2789


The gods were the true heroes of Rome. In this major new contribution to our understanding of ancient history, Jörg Rüpke guides the reader through the fascinating world of Roman religion, describing its unique characteristics and bringing its peculiarities into stark relief. Rüpke gives a thorough and engaging account of the multiplicity of cults worshipped by peasant and aristocrat alike, the many varied rites and rituals daily observed, and the sacrifices and offerings regularly brought to these immortals by the population of Ancient Rome and its imperial colonies. This important study provides the perfect introduction to Roman religion for students of Ancient Rome and Classical Civilization.

Roman religion

Author: Clifford Ando

Publisher: Edinburgh Univ Pr


Category: History

Page: 393

View: 8158


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Controlling Contested Places

Late Antique Antioch and the Spatial Politics of Religious Controversy

Author: Christine Shepardson

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520957989

Category: Religion

Page: 315

View: 2803


From constructing new buildings to describing rival-controlled areas as morally and physically dangerous, leaders in late antiquity fundamentally shaped their physical environment and thus the events that unfolded within it. Controlling Contested Places maps the city of Antioch (Antakya, Turkey) through the topographically sensitive vocabulary of cultural geography, demonstrating the critical role played by physical and rhetorical spatial contests during the tumultuous fourth century. Paying close attention to the manipulation of physical places, Christine Shepardson exposes some of the powerful forces that structured the development of religious orthodoxy and orthopraxy in the late Roman Empire. Theological claims and political support were not the only significant factors in determining which Christian communities gained authority around the Empire. Rather, Antioch’s urban and rural places, far from being an inert backdrop against which events transpired, were ever-shifting sites of, and tools for, the negotiation of power, authority, and religious identity. This book traces the ways in which leaders like John Chrysostom, Theodoret, and Libanius encouraged their audiences to modify their daily behaviors and transform their interpretation of the world (and landscape) around them. Shepardson argues that examples from Antioch were echoed around the Mediterranean world, and similar types of physical and rhetorical manipulations continue to shape the politics of identity and perceptions of religious orthodoxy to this day.


His Contributions to the Development of the Roman State in the Early Imperial Period

Author: Jonathan Edmondson

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748615946

Category: History

Page: 543

View: 8288


(63 BC - AD 14), the first Roman emperor, brought peace and stability to Rome after decades of strife and uncertainty. He put in place a new institutional framework for the Roman Empire and inspired the ideology that sustained it for the next three hundred years. This book presents a selection of the most important scholarship on Augustus and the contribution he made to the development of the Roman state in the early imperial period.Chapters include: Augustus' dramatic rise to prominence following the death of Julius Caesar in 44 BC and the nature of his powers first as triumvir, then as Princeps; his policy regarding overseas wars and expansion, his administrative and military reforms of the Roman state; the role of his own family, his wife Livia, his son-in-law Agrippa and his adopted sons Gaius and Lucius Caesar and then Tiberius, in public life; his concern to reinforce Roman religion and family life; the development of an ideology that helped bolster his authority as ruler of an expanded Empire, including the importance of visual imagery, monuments and literature in the far-flung propagation of his image as leader; and the impact that his regime made on the communities of the Roman provinces. Jonathan Edmondson sets these papers into the general context of major trends in the study of Augustus in Britain, Europe and North America since the nineteenth century. Five are published here in English for the first time and many include illustrations of the most important visual evidence for the principate of Augustus. The book is equipped with a chronology, a glossary and a guide to further reading; all passages in Latin and Greek are translated into English.

From Asculum to Actium

The Municipalization of Italy from the Social War to Augustus

Author: Edward Bispham

Publisher: OUP Oxford


Category: History

Page: 588

View: 9386


After the Social War of 91-87 BC, Rome's once independent Italian allies became members of a new Roman territorial state. Edward Bispham examines how the transition from independence to subordination was managed, and charts the successes and failures of the attempts to create a new and enduring political community.

An Introduction to Roman Religion

Author: John Scheid

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780748616084

Category: Rome

Page: 232

View: 1668


Designed specifically for student use, with concise text and summaries, this is an up-to-date and approachable textbook on Roman religion.

Roman Europe

1000 BC - AD 400

Author: Edward Bispham

Publisher: OUP Oxford

ISBN: 0191556084

Category: History

Page: 392

View: 3505


This volume traces the rise of Rome and the extension of Roman power across Europe, from the viewpoints of both conquerors and conquered, and also Rome's barbarian heirs, covering the period from 1000 BC through to AD 400. The book reconstructs as far as possible the indigenous experience of contact with Rome, showing how Roman domination impacted upon the already complex world of Iron Age Europe, before leaving a new 'barbarian' world in its wake. Using both literary and archaeological evidence, the eight expert contributors analyse the transformation of Europe, and the laying of the foundations of the Middle Ages, including chapters on Iron Age Europe, Roman society, warfare and the army, economy and trade, religions, and the cultural implications of Roman conquest, as well as narrative chapters on war and politics.


An Empire's Story

Author: Greg Woolf

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 019977529X

Category: History

Page: 366

View: 561


Describes how the Roman Empire was created, how it was sustained during crises, and how it shaped the world.

The Edinburgh Companion to Ancient Greece and Rome

Author: Edward Bispham,Thomas J. Harrison,Brian A. Sparkes

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9780748616299

Category: History

Page: 604

View: 1528


The Edinburgh Companion is a gateway to the fascinating worlds of ancient Greece and Rome. Wide-ranging in its approach, expert contributors demonstrate the multifaceted nature of classic civilization by drawing together perspectives and methods of different disciplines, from philosophy to history, poetry to archaeology, art history to numismatics, and many more.

Augustus und seine Zeit

Author: Werner Eck

Publisher: C.H.Beck

ISBN: 9783406418846

Category: Emperors

Page: 128

View: 2899


An jenem Tag, da Augustus bestattet wurde, kamen alle öffentlichen und privaten Geschäfte zum Stillstand. Ganz Rom und Hunderttausende von Menschen aus ganz Italien beteiligten sich an den Trauerfeierlichkeiten. Die Leiche wurde in einem Sarg auf den Scheiterhaufen gesetzt. Über dem Sarg ruhte, für alle sichtbar, ein aus Wachs gefertigtes Abbild des Toten. Als das Feuer aufloderte, stieg ein Adler in den Himmel - ein Zeichen dafür, daß der Verstorbene zu den Göttern erhoben worden war. Ein Senator bestätigte später unter Eid, er habe die Seele des Verstorbenen zu den Göttern auffahren sehen. Livia, die Witwe des toten Augustus, belohnte den Zeugen mit einer Million Sesterzen. Wer war dieser Mensch, der damals unter die Götter aufgenommen worden sein soll? Ein Willkürherrscher? Ein Friedensfürst? Ein Neugestalter von Staat, Heer, Gesellschaft und Kultus, kurzum - der Neugestalter der römischen Welt? Werner Eck bietet in seiner fesselnden Biographie Antworten auf diese und viele weitere Fragen zur Machtpolitik des Augustus.

Sex and Difference in Ancient Greece and Rome

Author: Mark Golden,Peter Toohey

Publisher: Edinburgh : Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 9780748613205

Category: Social Science

Page: 400

View: 5003


This volume collects and introduces some of the best writing on sexual behavior and gender differences in ancient Greece and Rome including four chapters newly translated from German and French. The volume charts the extraordinary evolution of scholarly investigation of a once-hidden aspect of the ancient world.

The Oxford Handbook of Roman Law and Society

Author: Clifford Ando,Kaius Tuori,Paul J. du Plessis

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0198728689


Page: 650

View: 6804


The Handbook is intended to survey the landscape of contemporary research and chart principal directions of future inquiry. Its aim is to bring to bear upon Roman legal study the full range of intellectual resources of contemporary legal history, from comparison to popular constitutionalism, from international private law to law and society. This unique contribution of the volume sets it apart from others in the field. Furthermore, the volume brings the study of Roman law into closer alignment, and thus into dialogue, with historical, sociological, and anthropological research in law in other periods. The volume is therefore directed not simply to ancient historians and legal historians already focused on the ancient world, but to historians of all periods interested in law and its complex and multifaceted relationship to society.

Festkalender Roms

Lateinisch - Deutsch

Author: Ovid

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 3050093633

Category: History

Page: 368

View: 4410


Ovids Lehrgedicht über den römischen Festkalender, die "Fasti", entsteht im Zeitalter des Kaisers Augustus, der mit seiner Einrichtung der Monarchie eine Rückwendung zu altrömischem Götterkult, altrömischem Brauchtum und dem Mythos von der Bestimmung der Stadt Rom zur Herrin der Welt verbindet. Das Werk bietet mit heiter-besinnlichen Erläuterungen zu den Festtagen der Monate Januar bis Juni eine unterhaltsame und zugleich literarisch anspruchsvolle Einführung in die religiösen, mythischen und historischen Hintergründe für offizielle Anlässe zum Opfern und Feiern. Griechische und römische Götter- und Heldensagen werden dabei ebenso spannend wie humorvoll nacherzählt. Die Versübertragung des renommierten Ovid-Forschers Niklas Holzberg ist dem heutigen Sprachgebrauch angepasst.

Greeks and Barbarians

Author: Thomas Harrison

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

ISBN: 9780415939591

Category: History

Page: 336

View: 1001


4 New horizons and old topoi -- II EUROPEANS, INDIANS AND ORIENTALS -- 1 Aristotle and the Indians -- 2 Savages, Greeks and the development of civilisation -- 3 Oriental despotism and the Eurocentric image of history -- Intellectual Chronology -- Guide to Further Reading -- Bibliography -- Index