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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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."
Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Robert Turcan is Professor of Roman History at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.

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