A Religion for the Empire

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:
A Religion for the Empire

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People believe that the Flavian municipal law was a remarkable one because of what it lost and took for granted. While the law was almost undoubtedly allowed by the Roman Calvary officers to establish their city's official calendar anew each year, it assumed that among the feriae, holidays of each city will be days set aside propter venerationem domus Augustae, “for the veneration of the imperial house.” These clauses have a place in the history of Roman governance. This chapter poses questions about ancient theorists of polis religion and considers the challenges which confronted their theoretical and theological presuppositions as the social and political structures of the Roman city evolved in the larger ecumenical community of the early empire.

Keywords: Flavian municipal law; Roman city; polis religion; political structures

Chapter.  10875 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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