A memoi includes an introduction to the eligion and religious practices of ancient Rome. Examining sites that are unfamiliar to many modern tourists, Valerie Warrior avoids imposing a modern perspective on he opic by using the testimony of the ancient Romans to describe traditional Roman religion. The ancient testimony recreates the social and historical ontexts in which Roman religion was practised. It shows, for instanc, how, when confronted with a foreign cult, official traditional religion accepted the new cult with suitable modifications. Basic difficulties, however, arose with regard to the monotheism of the Jews and Christianity. Carefully integrated with the text are visual representations of divination, prayer, and sacrifice as depicted on monuments, coins, and inscriptions from public buildings and homes throughout the Roman world. Also ncluded are epitaphs and humble votive offerings that illustrate the piety of individuals, and that reveal the prevalence of magic and the ccult in the spiritual lives of the ancient Romans.
Original Title of the Book
Roman Religion (Cambridge Introduction to Roman Civilization)
Published October 1st 2006 by Cambridge University Press (first published January 1st 2001