The matter of the gods : religion and the Roman Empire

Clifford Ando

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 Gods" pursues a variety of themes essential to the study of religion in history.

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  • Preface Acknowledgments Abbreviations 1. Religion, Law, and Knowledge in Classical Rome part one. the limits of orthopraxy 2. Idols and Their Critics 3. Interpretatio Romana 4. Religion and Ius Publicum part two. gods of the far-flung empire 5. A Religion for the Empire 6. Religion and Imperialism at Rome 7. The Palladium and the Pentateuch Bibliography Index Locorum General Index

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書名 The matter of the gods : religion and the Roman Empire
著作者等 Ando, Clifford
シリーズ名 The transformation of the classical heritage
The Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature
出版元 University of California Press
刊行年月 2009, c2008
ページ数 xxiv, 239 p.
大きさ 24 cm
ISBN 9780520259867
NCID BA90949737
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言語 英語
出版国 アメリカ合衆国