Divine Qualities: Cult And Community In Republican Rome

Hardcover | October 4, 2007

byAnna J. Clark

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This book explores an aspect of how Romans thought about themselves. Its subject is 'divine qualities': qualities like Concord, Faith, Hope, Clemency, Fortune, Freedom, Piety, and Victory, which received public cult in Rome in the Republican period. Anna Clark draws on a wide range of evidence(literature, drama, coins, architecture, inscriptions and graffiti) to show that these qualities were not simply given cult because they were intrinsically important to 'Romans'. They rather became 'Roman' through claims, counter-claims, appropriations and explorations of them by differentindividuals. The resources brought into existence by cult (temples, altars, coin images, statues, passwords, votive inscriptions) were visible and accessible to a broad range of people. Divine qualities were relevant to a broader social spectrum than is usually recognized, and this has importantconsequences for our understanding of Roman society.

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This book explores an aspect of how Romans thought about themselves. Its subject is 'divine qualities': qualities like Concord, Faith, Hope, Clemency, Fortune, Freedom, Piety, and Victory, which received public cult in Rome in the Republican period. Anna Clark draws on a wide range of evidence(literature, drama, coins, architecture, in...

Anna J. Clark is Tutor in Roman History, Christ Church, University of Oxford.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:400 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.07 inPublished:October 4, 2007Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199226822

ISBN - 13:9780199226825

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Table of Contents

1. Divine qualities2. Introducing new god(desse)s?3. Staging divine qualities4. Capitolizing on divine qualities5. On the civic stage6. The last years of the Republic7. Conclusions