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Religion in Republican Italy


Part of Yale Classical Studies

Celia E. Schultz, Paul B. Harvey, Jr., Fay Glinister, Lesley E. Lundeen, Jean MacIntosh Turfa, Valentina Livi, W. E. Klingshirn, Ingrid Edlund-Berry, John Muccigrosso, A. E. Cooley
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  • Date Published: June 2010
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521153171

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  • This book explores how recent findings and research provide a richer understanding of religious activities in Republican Rome and contemporary central Italic societies, including the Etruscans, during the period of the Middle and Late Republic. While much recent research has focused on the Romanization of areas outside Italy in later periods, this volume investigates religious aspects of the Romanization of the Italian peninsula itself. The essays strive to integrate literary evidence with archaeological and epigraphic material as they consider the nexus of religion and politics in early Italy; the impact of Roman institutions and practices on Italic society; the reciprocal impact of non-Roman practices and institutions on Roman custom; and the nature of 'Roman', as opposed to 'Latin', 'Italic', or 'Etruscan', religion in the period in question. The resulting volume illuminates many facets of religious praxis in Republican Italy, while at the same time complicating the categories we use to discuss it.

    • Extends the debate about Romanization to the religious life of Republican Italy
    • Sets Italic and Etruscan religious systems in a wider context than is usually presented
    • Encourages discussion across disciplines – Etruscology and Roman studies, archaeology and history, literature and material culture – that have traditionally stood apart
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    Review of the hardback: '… the book offers useful syntheses of recent work in the field and almost textbook examples of the deployment of particular methodologies. … I found the book useful and thought-provoking. Anyone wanting to think more broadly about Romanization or about Roman religion stands to learn much from this book.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

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    • Date Published: June 2010
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521153171
    • length: 316 pages
    • dimensions: 229 x 152 x 18 mm
    • weight: 0.47kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Celia E. Schultz and Paul B. Harvey, Jr
    1. Reconsidering 'religious Romanization' Fay Glinister
    2. In search of the Etruscan priestess: a reexamination of the hatrencu Lesley E. Lundeen
    3. Etruscan religion at the watershed: before and after the fourth century BCE Jean MacIntosh Turfa
    4. Religious locales in the territory of Minturnae: some aspects of Romanization Valentina Livi
    5. Religion and memory at Pisaurum Paul B. Harvey, Jr
    6. Inventing the sortilegus: lot divination and cultural identity in Italy, Rome, and the provinces W. E. Klingshirn
    7. Hot, cold, or smelly: the power of sacred water in Roman religion Ingrid Edlund-Berry
    8. Religion and politics: did the Romans scruple about the placement of their temples? John Muccigrosso
    9. Juno Sospita and Roman insecurity in the Social War Celia E. Schultz
    10. Beyond Rome and Latium: Roman religion in the Age of Augustus A. E. Cooley
    Appendix: translation of the Ludi Saeculares dossier A. E. Cooley.

  • Editors

    Celia E. Schultz, Yale University, Connecticut

    Paul B. Harvey, Pennsylvania State University


    Celia E. Schultz, Paul B. Harvey, Jr., Fay Glinister, Lesley E. Lundeen, Jean MacIntosh Turfa, Valentina Livi, W. E. Klingshirn, Ingrid Edlund-Berry, John Muccigrosso, A. E. Cooley

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