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Legible religion : books, gods, and rituals in Roman culture

Author: Duncan MacRae
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : Harvard University Press, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"What was the significance of books in a religion without a sacred text? From the beginning of critical study of religion, the presence of Scripture - sacred and authoritative texts - has divided a few privileged Religions of the Book from other religions, including Roman religion, that lack such books. Arguing that we should look beyond this distinction, Legible Religion examines the role of books in Roman  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Sacred works
Comparative studies
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Duncan MacRae
ISBN: 9780674088719 0674088719
OCLC Number: 922034553
Description: 259 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: Introduction: The books of Numa --
Part I: Writing Roman religion --
Gods and humans in Rome and its empire --
Writing Roman religion --
Letters of the republic --
Part II: Comparison --
Rabbis and Romans --
Part III: Reading Roman religion --
Emperor as reader --
Paper pagans --
Conclusion: Beyond scripture and literature.
Responsibility: Duncan MacRae.


Scholars have long separated a few privileged "religions of the Book" from faiths lacking sacred texts, including ancient Roman religion. Looking beyond this distinction, Duncan MacRae delves into  Read more...
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In this important new book, Duncan MacRae reevaluates the relationship between Roman religion and the works of ancient Roman 'antiquarians.' He cogently argues that the latter are not mere sources of Read more...

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