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SUPPLEMENT 132:

THE IMPACT OF ROME ON CULT PLACES & RELIGIOUS PRACTICES IN ANCIENT ITALY
 

EDITED BY TESSE D. STEK & GERT-JAN BURGERS

Rome rapidly expanded in the Republican period, and conquered the entire Italian peninsula with its wide variety of city-states and tribes. The impact of Roman imperialism and expansionism on religious life in the newly incorporated areas has often been regarded as minimal, following the axiom of Roman ‘religious tolerance’. At the same time, incisive changes in religious practices, as well as in the cult sites where these were performed, are documented all over the peninsula in the Republican period. The causality between these trends is much discussed, and the ‘religious Romanization’ of Italy is currently a key debate.

This volume explores the development of religious practices and cult places in the conquered Italic areas, and the role of Rome and its colonies in it. Rather than denying Roman impact and intentionality altogether, it assesses the potential influences of Roman expansionism on the sacred landscapes of ancient Italy in much wider and variegated terms.

The studies brought together in this volume draw on different types of evidence and approaches, reflecting also the diversity of different national and disciplinary traditions and schools of thought. It presents important new evidence from the inland Italic areas, as well as synthetic discussions addressing key scholarly controversies, such as the agency of Roman magistrates and the role of Roman colonization in ritual change. By focusing on the dynamic interaction between authorities, local communities and wider trends in Hellenistic societies, the volume opens new perspectives on religious change in Italy and its relationship to the rise of Rome.

BICS SUPPLEMENT 132 ISBN 978-1-905670-58-1 viii + 332 pp, colour and black and white images, index

Price £48 plus p&p

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