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The Religion of Numa

And Other Essays on the Religion of Ancient Rome

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Published: 1906
Language: English
Wordcount: 48,664 / 147 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 37.6
LoC Category: BL
Downloads: 523
Added to site: 2006.04.22
mnybks.net#: 13467
Genre: Religion

A short survey of Roman religion, particularly the Roman pantheon from its origins as abstract animistic deities to the rise of the God-Emperors, as codified under Augustus.

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ct and more or less detailed picture of the religious condition of the time may be drawn. This calendar and the list of Indigetes extracted from it form the foundation for all our study of the history of Roman religion.

The religious forms of a community are always so bound up with its social organisation that a satisfactory knowledge of the one is practically impossible without some knowledge of the other. Unfortunately there is no field in Roman history where theories are so abundant and facts so rare as in regard to the question of the early social organisation. But without coming into conflict with any of the rival theories we may make at least the following statements. In the main the community was fairly uniform and homogeneous, there were no great social extremes and no conspicuous foreign element, so that each individual, had he stopped to analyse his social position, would have found himself in four distinct relationships: a relationship to himself as an individual; to his family; to

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