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Religion, Law, and Knowledge in Classical Rome

Clifford Ando

in The Matter of the Gods

Published by University of California Press

Published in print February 2008 | ISBN: 9780520250833
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520933651 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520250833.003.0001
Religion, Law, and Knowledge in Classical Rome

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The book concentrates on one specific aspect of the field of inquiry, namely the epistemological basis of Roman religion. This basis by its very nature conditions the manner in which Roman religion can be studied. The book begins by reflecting on the translation of religio. “Religion” is but one possible rendering for religio, and in Valerius Maximus' lists, it is suggested that it might here be rendered more accurately by “the sum total of current cult practice.” It is not that “religion” does not capture the force of religio in one of its uses, but rather, this usage is not primary and its field proves harder to map onto “religion” than one might expect.

Keywords: Roman religion; religion; religio; Valerius Maximus; translation

Chapter.  7413 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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