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The sanctuary dedicated to Diana at Aricia flourished from the Bronze age to the second century CE. From its archaic beginnings in the wooded crater beside the lake known as the 'mirror of Dianea' it grew into a grand Hellenistic-style complex that attracted crowds of pilgrims and the sick. Diana was also believed to confer power on leaders. This 2007 book examines the history of Diana's cult and healing sanctuary, which remained a significant and wealthy religious center for more than a thousand years. It sheds light on Diana herself, on the use of rational as well as ritual healing in the sanctuary, on the subtle distinctions between Latin religious sensibility and the more austere Roman practice, and on the interpenetration of cult and politics in Latin and Roman history.Read more
- Addresses the political involvement of Augustus in Diana's rituals
- Comments on the extraordinary nature of the rex nemorensis
- Discusses the use of rationalist medicine in ritual healing
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"Any serious scholar of Roman religion will undoubtedly benefit from this exhaustive, erudite treatment of the cult of Diana." -Matthew R. Hauge, Claremont Graduate University: Religious Studies Review
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- Date Published: September 2012
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781107407534
- length: 388 pages
- dimensions: 229 x 152 x 22 mm
- weight: 0.57kg
- availability: Manufactured on demand: supplied direct from the printer
Table of Contents
1. The sanctuary of Diana to the end of the republic
2. The sanctuary in the Augustan age
3. The sanctuary in the empire
4. Diana: her name and appearance
5. The grove, the goddess, and the history of early Latium
6. The many faces of Diana
Part II. Fugitives and Slaves, Kings and Greeks:
7. The necessary murderer
8. 'We are fugitives'
9. Virbius, Hippolytus and Egeria
Part III. Healing and Ritual:
10. Diana the healer
11. Ritual healing and the Maniae
12. Conclusion: Diana and her worshippers.
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