This book tells a part of the back-story to major religious transformations emerging from the tumult of the late Republic. It considers the dynamic interplay of Cicero's approximations of mortals and immortals with a range of artifacts and activities that were collectively closing the divide between humans and gods. A guiding principle is that a major cultural player like Cicero had a normative function in religious dialogues that could legitimize incipient ideas like deification. Applying contemporary metaphor theory, it analyzes the strategies and priorities configuring Cicero's divinizing encomia of Roman dynasts like Pompey, Caesar and Octavian. It also examines Cicero's explorations of apotheosis and immortality in the De re publica and Tusculan Disputations as well as his attempts to deify his daughter Tullia. In this book, Professor Cole transforms our understanding not only of the backgrounds to ruler worship but also of changing conceptions of death and the afterlife.Read more
- Applies innovative new approaches to Roman religion
- Situates Cicero's works in their cultural contexts, showing how literary texts, ritual and material culture interact
- Treats Cicero's entire body of work: philosophy, speeches and letters
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- Date Published: January 2019
- format: Paperback
- isbn: 9781108730037
- length: 216 pages
- dimensions: 230 x 150 x 10 mm
- weight: 0.3kg
- availability: Available
Table of Contents
1. The cultural work of metaphor
2. Experiments and invented traditions
3. Charting the posthumous path
4. Revisions and Rome's new god
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