By Jörg Rüpke

ISBN-10: 1405129433

ISBN-13: 9781405129435

A finished remedy of the numerous symbols and associations of Roman faith, this spouse locations many of the spiritual symbols, discourses, and practices, together with Judaism and Christianity, right into a higher framework to bare the sprawling panorama of the Roman faith.

  • An cutting edge advent to Roman faith
  • Approaches the sphere with a spotlight at the human-figures rather than the gods
  • Analyzes spiritual alterations from the 8th century BC to the fourth century advert
  • Offers the 1st historical past of spiritual motifs on cash and household/everyday utensils
  • Presents Roman faith inside its cultural, social, and ancient contexts

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Friedrich Schlegel’s Über die Sprache und Weisheit der Indier: Ein Beitrag zur Begründung der Alterthumskunde (1808) combated earlier romanticized views and sought to provide a scholarly explanation for the kinds of correspondences Jones had observed. Its emphasis on comparative grammar influenced scholars such as the classicist Bopp and the Brothers Grimm; it furthered the Enlightenment’s driving emphasis on logic and comparative material to unravel riddling cultural Streitfragen. ” K. O. Müller’s Prolegomena zu einer wissenschaftlichen Mythologie (1825) narrowed the focus to Greco-Roman religion; he conceived myth as Hellenic myth, apparently plausible in light of the Sanskrit connections.

Many stories, the huge number of non-public rituals, individual “superstitions” (doing or believing more than is necessary), the complicated procedures for installing priests: all this demonstrates the independence of the gods and the possibility of distinguishing between religion and politics, between res sacrae and res publicae, in everyday life. It was religion thus conceptualized, thus set apart, that could be used as a seemingly independent source of legitimization for political action. This set the guidelines for liberty and control and explains the harsh reaction to every move that seemed to create an alternative, a counter-public, by means of religion.

Its emphasis on comparative grammar influenced scholars such as the classicist Bopp and the Brothers Grimm; it furthered the Enlightenment’s driving emphasis on logic and comparative material to unravel riddling cultural Streitfragen. ” K. O. Müller’s Prolegomena zu einer wissenschaftlichen Mythologie (1825) narrowed the focus to Greco-Roman religion; he conceived myth as Hellenic myth, apparently plausible in light of the Sanskrit connections. This Müller influenced classical studies and Roman religion far more; as long as Greek and Roman mythologies were considered identical there had been no problem, but now it appeared that since the Romans possessed no mythologies as Müller had defined them, they had no mythologies at all.

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