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The Gods of Ancient Rome

Religion in Everyday Life from Archaic to Imperial Times

Robert Turcan

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This is a vivid account of what their gods meant to the Romans from archaic times to late antiquity, and of the rites and rituals connected with them. After an introduction into the nature of classical religion, the book is divided into three parts: religions of the family and land; religions of the city; and religions of the empire. The book ends with a discussion of the rise and impact of Christianity.

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Robert Turcan is Professor of Roman History at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.


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T1329 978 0 7486 0895 9 Ethics of the Global Environment Attfield 17/08/2007 Brenda Almond Yes An interesting and useful contribution to ethical and political discussion of global or international topics. http://www. RQ260 T1329
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17/08/2007 Review of European Community and International Environmental Law M1445 Yes A clear and well-informed introduction to the global environmental challenges of the millennium, the ethical dilemmas that underpin these challenges and a constructive framework for resolving them. The book is structured and written in a clear and comprehensible manner, making it accessible to a wide audience. Moreover, it has something for everyone ... [it] is enriched by Attfield's deep awareness of inter-linkages between international economic and environment policies ...The Ethics of the Global Environment is a valuable addition to the literature on international environmental issues and indeed critical reading for those seeking an ethical anchor to the study of global environmental issues and their resolution. http://www. RQ3236 T1329
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T1245 978 0 7486 1390 8 Gods of Ancient Rome Turcan 17/08/2007 Yes The style adopted by Turcan is accessible and readable. His work covers an immense amount of ground in a very small space. At times his abundance of examples is breathtaking. The reader is given a very real sense of the profusion of rites and ritual that accompanied everyday life in private and in public in the Roman world... The wealth of information in this book makes it a most useful introduction to the world of Roman religion.