Chapter

The Theological Efforts of the Roman Upper Classes in the First Century <span class="smallCaps">Bc</span><sup>†</sup>

Arnaldo Momigliano

in Roman Religion

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print July 2003 | ISBN: 9780748615650
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748650989 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748615650.003.0032
The Theological Efforts of the Roman Upper Classes in the First Century Bc†

Show Summary Details

Preview

This chapter discusses Arnaldo Momigliano's ‘The Theological Efforts of the Roman Upper Classes in the First Century bc’, and merits his Roman writing in theology with sympathetic dispassion. As a result, Momigliano sees with uncommon clarity the radical differences that characterise the writings on the gods of Marcus Tullius Cicero, Marcus Terentius Varro and Nigidius Figulus, and rejects the temptation to classify them all under ‘rationalism’ or ‘philosophy’. In speaking of the gods, Varro employs a cluster of terms that resonate in many fields, but two in particular. First, he assigns to gods and mortals specific duties in relation to each other and their communities; and, like Cicero, he charges them with cultivating each other, though for that action Varro and Cicero employ quite different terms.

Keywords: Arnaldo Momigliano; theology; gods; Marcus Tullius Cicero; Marcus Terentius Varro; Nigidius Figulus; rationalism; philosophy; mortals

Chapter.  7793 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

Full text: subscription required

How to subscribe Recommend to my Librarian

Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content. Please, subscribe or login to access all content.