Review: C. Ando, The Matter of the Gods: Religion and the Roman Empire

Williams, Michael Stuart (2008) Review: C. Ando, The Matter of the Gods: Religion and the Roman Empire. Bryn Mawr Classical Review. p. 239. ISSN 978-0-520-25083-3

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This latest addition to the California series The Transformation of the Classical Heritage extends its coverage to an earlier period than usual. Clifford Ando's book examines Roman religion -- although that terminology is necessarily more complicated than it appears -- from the days of the Punic Wars and earlier down to its interactions with Christianity in late antiquity and beyond. Indeed, in his preface Ando explicitly places the origin of the book in the juxtaposition of Augustine and Cicero, in the latter case focusing his approach in particular on the dialogue De natura deorum. Ando follows Cicero in inquiring into the nature of the Roman gods, both as expressed in the ideas and attitudes of the ancients themselves, and as they appear in the minds of modern historians

Item Type: Article
Keywords: C. Ando; Matter of the Gods; Religion and the Roman Empire;
Academic Unit: Faculty of Arts,Celtic Studies and Philosophy > Ancient Classics
Item ID: 2168
Depositing User: Dr. Michael Williams
Date Deposited: 11 Oct 2010 09:16
Journal or Publication Title: Bryn Mawr Classical Review
Publisher: Berkeley: University of California Press
Refereed: Yes

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