Priests and State in the Roman World

Priests and State in the Roman World


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This collection of 24 essays, written by a group of international scholars who specialise in the religious, political and social history of ancient Rome, explores the relationship between priests and State in the Roman world. Attention is devoted to a number of interconnected problems: the nature and scope of priesthoods in the Roman world, the rules governing access to them, the role that priests played in the various levels of government, from the imperial court to the cities on the fringes of the empire, the different development of priesthoods across the empire, and more generally the relationship between religion and power. The outcome is a diverse and comprehensive collection that seeks to do justice to the complexity of the interaction between priests and State by presenting the reader with a wide set of problems and sources, ranging from early Rome to the late Empire.

"All the papers provide much food for thougt and deal with mainstream issues, sometimes re-evaluating long entrenched assumptions and forcing us to think afresh. This work is an extremely valuable contribution for those who specialise in Roman religion and will be read with profit by Roman historians as well. These essays will engender more research, and the book is a welcome contribution to the study of Roman religion."

Linda Zollschan, Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2012.05.17

"Ein detaillierter sehr nützlicher Index rundet den Band ab, der insgesamt als sehr gelungen bezeichnet werden darf."

Wolfgang Spickermann, Historische Zeitschrift 296, 2013
Series Potsdamer altertumswissenschaftliche Beiträge
Volume 33
ISBN 978-3-515-09817-5
Media type Book - Paperback
Edition number 1.
Copyright year 2011
Publisher Franz Steiner Verlag
Length 643 pages
Illustrations 24 b/w figs., 8 b/w tables
Size 17.0 x 24.0 cm
Language English