The Religion of the Romans
December 2007, Polity
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.
List of illustrations.
1. Religion in the Ancient World.
2. From the She-Wolf to Caesar: historical foundations.
3. Gods and Men.
4. Religious Action.
5. Thinking about Religion.
Part II: Religion in Action.
6. Social Rules: sacrifice and feasting.
7. Managing Lines of Communication: vows and curses.
8. Control of Space: communication and boundaries.
9. Co-ordination: time and the calendar.
Part III: Social Reality.
10. Religion in the Metropolis.
11. Specialists and Professionals.
12. From Caesar to the Lamb of God: historical perspectives.
Secondary literature cited.
Gods and cults.
Names of persons.
Names of peoples and places
- Rüpke is one of the leading contemporary experts in the
field of Roman religion
- An engaging and authoritative study of all aspects of the
religion of the Romans
- Offers a clear and comprehensive interpretation of the
stuctures, practices and social reality of Roman religion, and will
appeal to students, scholars and the general reader
- An important contribution to the understanding of the historical implications of the Roman religious belief systems, which contains helpful and evocative illustrations
Teresa Morgan, Times Literary Supplement
“Rupke is one of the most lively and authoritative
scholars on Roman religion writing today [and] this is a concise
and informative introduction to the subject.”
Journal of Classics Teaching
“This is an excellent, concise, and up-to-date
introduction to Roman religion. It expertly surveys both the
relevant facts and the underlying issues and will be useful to
anyone interested in classical antiquity.”
Karl Galinsky, University of Texas at Austin
“Religion of the Romans engages the reader in a
conversation about the Romans and their gods. Authored by one of
the most original and lively investigators of Roman religion
writing in any language, it is as lively as it is erudite. The
overview of Roman cult it offers is both new and authoritative, and
presents a real challenge to some of the sacred cows of Roman
history. Illustrated with a mass of source material of every kind,
it will be an essential guide for students, while also provoking
established scholars to rethink some of their assumptions about
Greg Woolf, University of St Andrews