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Matter of the Gods Religion and the Roman Empire

ISBN-10: 0520259866
ISBN-13: 9780520259867
Edition: 2009
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Description: What did the Romans know about their gods? Why did they perform the rituals of their religion, and what motivated them to change those rituals? To these questions Clifford Ando proposes simple answers: In contrast to ancient Christians, who had  More...

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List price: $34.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication date: 3/10/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 270
Size: 6.00" wide x 8.75" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

What did the Romans know about their gods? Why did they perform the rituals of their religion, and what motivated them to change those rituals? To these questions Clifford Ando proposes simple answers: In contrast to ancient Christians, who had faith, Romans had knowledge, and their knowledge was empirical in orientation. In other words, the Romans acquired knowledge of the gods through observation of the world, and their rituals were maintained or modified in light of what they learned. After a preface and opening chapters that lay out this argument about knowledge and place it in context,The Matter of the Godspursues a variety of themes essential to the study of religion in history.

Preface
Acknowledgments
Abbreviations
Religion, Law, and Knowledge in Classical Rome
The Limits of Orthopraxy
Idols and Their Critics
Interpretatio Romana
Religion and Ius Publicum
Gods of the Far-Flung Empire
A Religion for the Empire
Religion and Imperialism at Rome
The Palladium and the Pentateuch
Bibliography
General Index
Index Locorum

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