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Reviving Roman Religion (Hardcover)

Ailsa Hunt

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Hardcover. Sacred trees are easy to dismiss as a simplistic, weird phenomenon, but this book argues that in fact they prompted sophisticated theological thinking in the Roman world. Challenging major.Shipping may be from multiple locations in the US or from the UK, depending on stock availability. 342 pages. 0.590. Bookseller Inventory # 9781107153547

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Title: Reviving Roman Religion (Hardcover)

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Sacred trees are easy to dismiss as a simplistic, weird phenomenon, but this book argues that in fact they prompted sophisticated theological thinking in the Roman world. Challenging major aspects of current scholarly constructions of Roman religion, Ailsa Hunt rethinks what sacrality means in Roman culture, proposing an organic model which defies the current legalistic approach. She approaches Roman religion as a 'thinking' religion (in contrast to the ingrained idea of Roman religion as orthopraxy) and warns against writing the environment out of our understanding of Roman religion, as has happened to date. In addition, the individual trees showcased in this book have much to tell us which enriches and thickens our portraits of Roman religion, be it about the subtleties of engaging in imperial cult, the meaning of numen, the interpretation of portents, or the way statues of the Divine communicate.

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This book argues that thinking about sacred trees in the Roman world forces us to rethink how we understand Roman religion, in particular challenging current scholarly constructions of what sacrality means in Roman culture, and revealing what is lost when when we write the environment out of our understanding of Roman religion.

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