Religion and Imperialism at 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:
Religion and Imperialism at Rome

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The religious communities of the ancient Mediterranean produced some of their most remarkable literature in grappling with the horrors of war and the sack of cities. In this chapter, the author discusses two aspects of Roman experience in their encounters with foreign religious groups: (1) their practices in respecting, maintaining, or transforming those cults; and (2) the ways in which that experience was understood and those understandings were deployed in apologetic and historiography under the empire.

Keywords: violence; religion; literature; Rome

Chapter.  11532 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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