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An Introduction to Roman Religion Paperback – August 5, 2003

ISBN-13: 978-0253216601 ISBN-10: 0253216605 Edition: Annotated

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  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Indiana University Press; Annotated edition (August 5, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0253216605
  • ISBN-13: 978-0253216601
  • Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.3 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #398,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Lacking (apparently) a native mythology or images of its gods, Roman religion has always seemed barren to scholars. Without anything much to interpret, interpretation has regularly fallen into minutely descriptive lists of gods and rituals. Among recent efforts, Beard, North, and Price's Religions of Rome (CH, Feb'99) offers both sources and interpretations, but is essentially a reference book. Robert Turcan's The Gods of Ancient Rome (2000) offers an innovative and historically grounded interpretation (without the lists), while Valerie Warrior's Roman Religion (2002) sticks to sources without the history. Scheid (ancient history, École (Ecole) Pratiques des Hautes Études (Etudes), Paris), one of the most distinguished scholars of Roman religion, now offers a brilliant, historically grounded interpretation that will interest scholars as well as the students (French, originally) for whom it was written. The theme of each chapter—methodology, structure, rituals, actors, interpretations of Roman religion—is carefully developed. A chronology and bibliography support the whole. Lists of facts, questions (with concise, informative answers), and original sources are inset at appropriate places in the main text. Scheid is insightful, concise, and original. This is an indispensable text for the study of Roman religion and all fields that intersect with it. Summing Up: Essential. All libraries." —C. M. C. Green, University of Iowa, Choice, April 2004

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John Scheid is Director of Studies in Ancient History at the École pratiques des hautes études in Paris.


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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joseph Amie on July 10, 2012
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With over a thousand books in my library on ancient religion, this one stands out from most of the others. if i had to save just 5 books from that collection, this would be one of them. I tend to write in the margins and take many notes through out my reading, but this one remains empty simply because i would have underlined it all and quickly ran out of space for notes. Scheid has the rare talent of cutting out the superfluous and keeping the true weight of the subject. there is no filler in this text, only valuable and hard to find content.
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16 of 20 people found the following review helpful By R. Rocheleau on February 25, 2006
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I enjoyed this book very much. Many books on this subject try to prove why Roman paganism was inferior to Christianity, and why it was destined to fall- this book is very different, this book actually gives an objective account of the roman religion, the rites, the rituals, beliefs, the gods, and one is left much better informed about the religious system of the Romans.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kate on December 21, 2012
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Not knowing much of the traditional practice of the Roman religion, I was very intrigued with the subject. I found so much that was new and illuminating in this text, and spent much time thinking about this extremely practical and public religious system. A religion that is concerned with practice rather than beliefs was a refreshing change and I know that this concept will inform my own outlook from now on. I highly recommend this to any student of religion or practical philosophy, or anyone who is curious about their own belief system and would enjoy the challenge of examining it from a different perspective.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Shel on June 5, 2013
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This s a good first entry into the intricacies of Roman religion, explaining who is who and how they fit into the big picture in terms of the gods and their priesthoods. It gives insights into some of the practices and rituals that accompanied worship of specific deities. It also gives some information about the introduction of foreign cults to Rome.
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I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the religion of the Romans from the Republic to the Empire. It is not a speculative work, but deals with rituals and civic duties. The relationship between the Gods and the citizen's of Rome was a mutually beneficial one. This book does not contain any of the Roman's theology.
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