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Found In Translation. The Religion Of The Roman Diaspora

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A broad consensus exists that public cults lay at the heart of Roman religion, and that at the ritual heart of most of these cults lay sacrifice. The centrality of the public cults of the city is certain, at least as far as recent scholarly literature is concerned. The best studied cults are those of the Roman Republic and the Augustan age. Debates over conservatism and change have been played out in relation to the expulsion of the Bacchanales and the reception of Magna Mater Deorum. Central concepts of modern scholarship, such as the idea of cult as designed to ensure pax deorum, the distinction between religio and superstitio, the social embeddedness of religion, the contractual relationship between gods and their worshippers, the homologies between social, political and sacerdotal hierarchies all were worked out and are most commonly exemplified from Republican material. It would be easy to go on.

Keywords: Roman Diaspora; Roman Empire



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