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The Matter of the GodsReligion and the Roman Empire$
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Clifford Ando and Berhane Asfaw

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780520250833

Published to California Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1525/california/9780520250833.001.0001

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Religion, Law, and Knowledge in Classical Rome

Religion, Law, and Knowledge in Classical Rome

(p.1) 1 Religion, Law, and Knowledge in Classical Rome
The Matter of the Gods

Clifford Ando

University of California Press

The book concentrates on one specific aspect of the field of inquiry, namely the epistemological basis of Roman religion. This basis by its very nature conditions the manner in which Roman religion can be studied. The book begins by reflecting on the translation of religio. “Religion” is but one possible rendering for religio, and in Valerius Maximus' lists, it is suggested that it might here be rendered more accurately by “the sum total of current cult practice.” It is not that “religion” does not capture the force of religio in one of its uses, but rather, this usage is not primary and its field proves harder to map onto “religion” than one might expect.

Keywords:   Roman religion, religion, religio, Valerius Maximus, translation

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