Religions of Rome: Volume 2, A Sourcebook
Volume two reveals the extraordinary
diversity of ancient Roman religion. A comprehensive sourcebook, it presents a wide range of documents illustrating religious
life in the Roman world - from the foundations of the city in the eighth century BC to the Christian capital more than a thousand
years later. Each document is given a full introduction, explanatory notes and bibliography, and acts as a starting point
for further discussion. Through paintings, sculptures, coins and inscriptions, as well as literary texts in translation, the
book explores the major themes and problems of Roman religion, such as sacrifice, the religious calendar, divination, ritual,
and priesthood. Starting from the archaeological traces of the earliest cults of the city, it finishes with a series of texts
in which Roman authors themselves reflect on the nature of their own religion, its history, even its funny side. Judaism and
Christianity are given full coverage, as important elements in the religious world of the Roman empire.
Rome; 2. The deities of Rome; 3. The calendar; 4. Religious places; 5. Festivals and ceremonies; 6. Sacrifices; 7. Divination
and diviners; 8. Priests and priestesses; 9. Individuals and gods: life and death; 10. Rome outside Rome; 11. Threats to the
Roman order; 12. Religious groups; 13. Perspectives; Glossary; Deities and their epithets; Bibliography; Indexes.
book presents a wide range of documents illustrating religious life in the Roman world from the early Republic to the late