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Divine Qualities: Cult and Community in Republican Rome. Oxford Classical Monographs. Anna J. Clark

Divine Qualities: Cult and Community in Republican Rome. Oxford Classical Monographs.

Anna J. Clark

Published May 27th 2010
ISBN : 9781281150004
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376 pages
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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.MoreThis 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 different individuals. 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 important consequences for our understanding of Roman society.