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On Roman Religion: Lived Religion and the Individual in Ancient Rome

Jörg Rüpke


Was religious practice in ancient Rome cultic and hostile to individual expression? Or was there, rather, considerable latitude for individual initiative and creativity? This book demonstrates that it was a lived religion with individual appropriations evident at the heart of such rituals as praying, dedicating, making vows, and reading. The book dismantles previous approaches that depicted religious practice as uniform and static. Juxtaposing very different, strategic, and even subversive forms of individuality with traditions, their normative claims, and their institutional protections, this ... More

Keywords: ancient Rome, religious practice, ritual, praying, vows, ancient religion, religious experience

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781501704703
Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7591/cornell/9781501704703.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jörg Rüpke, author
University of Erfurt