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The Matter of the Gods

Religion and the Roman Empire

Clifford Ando

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Sachbuch / Vor- und Frühgeschichte, Antike

Beschreibung

What did the Romans know about their gods? Why did they perform the rituals of their religion, and what motivated them to change those rituals? To these questions Clifford Ando proposes simple answers: In contrast to ancient Christians, who had faith, Romans had knowledge, and their knowledge was empirical in orientation. In other words, the Romans acquired knowledge of the gods through observation of the world, and their rituals were maintained or modified in light of what they learned. After a preface and opening chapters that lay out this argument about knowledge and place it in context, The Matter of the Gods pursues a variety of themes essential to the study of religion in history.

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religious ritual, ancient rome, philosophy, ancient church, classical world, imperialism, paganism, religious studies, ancient religion, religion, roman empire, roman gods, western world, ancient world, belief, philosophical, ancient christianity, antiquity, ancient christians, classics, roman history, world history, christianity, christian, faith