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The Religion of Senators in the Roman Empire

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The Religion of Senators in the Roman Empire by Zsuzsanna Varhelyi
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This book examines the connection between political and religious power in the pagan Roman Empire through a study of senatorial religion. Presenting a new collection of historical, epigraphic, prosopographic and material evidence, it argues that as Augustus turned to religion to legitimize his powers, senators in turn also came to negotiate their own power, as well as that of the emperor, partly in religious terms. In Rome, the body of the senate and priesthoods helped to maintain the religious power of the senate; across the Empire senators defined their magisterial powers by following the model of emperors and by relying on the piety of sacrifice and benefactions. The ongoing participation and innovations of senators confirm the deep ability of imperial religion to engage the normative, symbolic and imaginative aspects of religious life among senators.

Author Biography

Zsuzsanna Varhelyi is Assistant Professor of Classical Studies at the University of Boston. She has contributed many articles on Roman history to many volumes and journals, and co-edited, with J.-J. Aubert, A Tall Order: Writing the Social History of the Ancient World. Essays in Honor of William V. Harris (2005).
Release date Australia
April 22nd, 2010
Country of Publication
United Kingdom
Imprint
Cambridge University Press
Pages
270
Dimensions
152x228x18
ISBN-13
9780521897242
Product ID
3945526

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