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On Roman ReligionLived Religion and the Individual in Ancient Rome$
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Jörg Rüpke

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9781501704703

Published to Cornell Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7591/cornell/9781501704703.001.0001

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Reconstructing Religious Experience

Reconstructing Religious Experience

(p.80) 5 Reconstructing Religious Experience
On Roman Religion

Jörg Rüpke

Cornell University Press

This chapter discusses Publius Ovidius Naso's Libri fastorum, his commentary on the Roman calendar in its graphic form of the fasti. Ovid's six books, covering the months of January to June, are-together with Propertius's fourth book of elegies to which Ovid reacts-the apogee of such “authoritative” poetry in the early principate. These texts are part of the cultural revolution at the heart of the Augustan “restoration.” Accordingly, they were highly political statements. From a broader perspective, however, the composition of these texts on Roman religion was also a part of the process of insular rationalization, which took place from the third century BC onward, and which—at least for religion—came to a halt in the Augustan era.

Keywords:   Ovid, Roman calendar, cultural revolution, Augustan restoration, political statements, Roman religion

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