Divine Qualities: Cult and Community in Republican Rome - Oxford Classical Monographs (Hardback)
  • Divine Qualities: Cult and Community in Republican Rome - Oxford Classical Monographs (Hardback)
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Divine Qualities: Cult and Community in Republican Rome - Oxford Classical Monographs (Hardback)

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Hardback 392 Pages / Published: 04/10/2007
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This book explores an aspect of how Romans thought about themselves. Its subject is 'divine qualities': qualities like Concord, Faith, Hope, Clemency, Fortune, Freedom, Piety, and Victory, which received public cult in Rome in the Republican period. Anna Clark draws on a wide range of evidence (literature, drama, coins, architecture, inscriptions and graffiti) to show that these qualities were not simply given cult because they were intrinsically important to 'Romans'. They rather became 'Roman' through claims, counter-claims, appropriations and explorations of them by different individuals. The resources brought into existence by cult (temples, altars, coin images, statues, passwords, votive inscriptions) were visible and accessible to a broad range of people. Divine qualities were relevant to a broader social spectrum than is usually recognized, and this has important consequences for our understanding of Roman society.

Publisher: Oxford University Press
ISBN: 9780199226825
Number of pages: 392
Weight: 605 g
Dimensions: 223 x 144 x 27 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
This is a solid and thorough study... This valuable book effectively shows how Roman religion can be used to investigate how Romans thought about their own world * Micol Perfigli, The Classical Review *
This is a very important book...intellectually ambitious, academically solid, and theoretically robust * Federico Santangelo, Bryn Mawr Classical Review *
provides an excellent contribution to the recent outpouring of work on Roman religion. * Fay Glinister, Journal of Roman Studies *

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