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« Topic Start: February 20, 2010, 04:32:44 pm »

Title: Religion in the Roman Empire. Blackwell Ancient Religions, 2
Author(s): James B. Rives
Publisher: Oxford:  Blackwell
Publication Date: 2007
ISBN: 1405106565
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From the Bryn Mawr Classic Review:
After the inaugural volume dedicated to Greek Religion,1 the series Blackwell Ancient Religions welcomes Religion in the Roman Empire  by James B. Rives (henceforth R.), author and co-editor of several volumes on religion in the Roman world.2 In line with the scope of the series, which aims at offering modern readers introductions to religion in the ancient world, this book presents itself as an agile and stimulating overview of religious phenomenology in the Roman empire, accessible also to those with little or no previous exposure to Classical Studies.

In order to clarify the scope and the method of his work, in the "Introduction" R. begins with a comment on the terms contained in the book title, offering first a basic chronological and geographical definition of the Roman Empire. Religion used in the singular in opposition to the more common plural best connotes the author's original approach. According to R., the variety of religious phenomena within the Roman Empire is in fact better understood if treated as the multifaceted expressions of a single sensibility rather than by creating artificial divisions not corresponding to the ancient mentality. Considering the lack of sacred scriptures, religion in the Greco-Roman world has to be studied through other types of evidence (literature, inscriptions) and the last part of the introduction is dedicated to presenting such sources, illustrating their nature as well as their limits.

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