9780521312684-052131268X-Rituals and Power: The Roman Imperial Cult in Asia Minor

Rituals and Power: The Roman Imperial Cult in Asia Minor

ISBN-13: 9780521312684
ISBN-10: 052131268X
Edition: Revised ed.
Author: Price, S. R. F.
Publication date: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback 320 pages
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ISBN-13: 9780521312684
ISBN-10: 052131268X
Edition: Revised ed.
Author: Price, S. R. F.
Publication date: 1985
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Format: Paperback 320 pages

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Acknowledged authors Price, S. R. F. wrote Rituals and Power: The Roman Imperial Cult in Asia Minor comprising 320 pages back in 1985. Textbook and eTextbook are published under ISBN 052131268X and 9780521312684. Since then Rituals and Power: The Roman Imperial Cult in Asia Minor textbook was available to sell back to BooksRun online for the top buyback price or rent at the marketplace.

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In his study of the Greek cults of the Roman emperor in Asia minor, Simon Price attempts to discover why the Roman Emperor was treated like a god. He contends that ever since the emergence of Christianity within the Roman Empire the problem has been misinterpreted; a Christianizing distinction between religion and politics has led to the cult being considered simply as a form of political honours. Drawing on anthropology as well as numismatics and archaeology, literary sources and inscriptions, Dr Price offers a fundamentally different perspective. He examines how the Greek cults of the Roman Emperor located the Emperor with their subjection to the external power of Rome. The book falls into two major parts. The first analyses the historical, social and cultural contexts of the Imperial cult, showing that the cult was deeply rooted in the Greek cities. The second focusses on the evocations of the rituals of temples, images and sacrifices. It casts light on the architechural development of Greek Cities, on cult statues in the ancient world and on the vitality and flexibility of the Greek religious system. In his concluding chapter the author draws out some of the general implications of the book; comparative material from Africa and Cambodia help our understanding of the relationship between religious ritual and political power. This book, which assumes no knowledge of Latin or Greek, will appeal to students and teachers of ancient history and archaeology. It will also attract anthropologists, historians and others interested in the interpretation of rituals and in the history of early Christianity.

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