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Roman Religion

Elaine Fantham and Emily Fairey

in Classics

ISBN: 9780195389661
Published online February 2010 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/obo/9780195389661-0059
Roman Religion

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Roman religion encompasses a wide variety of cult practices and beliefs, from the Early Republic to the Imperial era. Besides the many particular cults of the Romans, the connection of Greek and Roman religion is of great importance. The Romans had a tendency toward syncretism in religion, and there are many cults of foreign origin that became successful under Rome. From the time of Julius Caesar onward, Roman religion added the imperial cult of deified emperors to their already swelling host of gods and spirits. The structure of the Roman priesthoods was an important part of civic life, as were their temples, festivals, and calendars. Given the enormous range of studies in this field, this bibliography must be selective. Thus, studies in languages other than English have been limited to the most important, and when they have been translated only the translation is listed. In addition, archaeological treatment of religious buildings has been restricted to the main reference works, collections of articles by a single author or conference papers are listed in the group publication rather than any earlier separate version, and only those studies of Christianity that are concerned with its impact on pagan society and the imperial cult are included.

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Subjects: Classical Studies ; Classical Art and Architecture ; Classical History ; Classical Literature ; Classical Philosophy

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