Chapter

Introduction

Eric M. Orlin

in Foreign Cults in Rome

Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199731558
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780199866342 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731558.003.0000
Introduction

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The introduction provides an overview of the historical context for the study and lays out the general theoretical framework within which the argument is made. It provides an overview of discussions on ethnicity and identity drawn from the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, political science) relevant to the study. It also discusses the problems of defining foreign cults in Rome, as well as the problems of the source material, especially the historian Livy, that are used in studying Roman religion.

Keywords: Livy; theoretical framework; identity; social sciences; foreign cults

Chapter.  12347 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Classical History

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