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Graeco-Roman Cultic Societies

John Scheid

in The Oxford Handbook of Social Relations in the Roman World

Published in print February 2011 | ISBN: 9780195188004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780195188004.013.0025

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

 Graeco-Roman Cultic Societies

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This article examines the Graeco-Roman cultic societies, which were described as being highly fragmented and highly regionalized. It first looks at the hierarchy of the different religious communities, and then describes the cult and membership within the community. This article also shows how every community in the Graeco-Roman world was a ritual community.

Keywords: Graeco-Roman; cultic society; religious community; cult; membership; ritual community

Article.  6389 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World ; Ancient Roman History

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