Religious Deviance in the Roman World Hardback

Superstition or Individuality?

by Jorg Rupke;

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Religious Deviance in the Roman World

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Religious individuality is not restricted to modernity. This book offers a new reading of the ancient sources in order to find indications for the spectrum of religious practices and intensified forms of such practices only occasionally denounced as 'superstition'. Authors from Cicero in the first century BC to the law codes of the fourth century AD share the assumption that authentic and binding communication between individuals and gods is possible and widespread, even if problematic in the case of divination or the confrontation with images of the divine. A change in practices and assumptions throughout the imperial period becomes visible. It might be characterised as 'individualisation' and informed the Roman law of religions. The basic constellation - to give freedom of religion and to regulate religion at the same time - resonates even into modern bodies of law and is important for juridical conflicts today.

Religious Deviance in the Roman World by Jorg Rupke was published by Cambridge University Press in May 2016. The ISBN for Religious Deviance in the Roman World is 9781107090521.

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Details for Religious Deviance in the Roman World

Page last updated 12th August 2016
Author / Artist
Book FormatHardback
PublisherCambridge University Press (May 2016)
Number of Pages156
Thickness13 mm
Height228 mm
Width152 mm
Product Code4451905
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