The Gods of Ancient Rome

Author(s): Robert Turcan

∙ Classics & Latin

This is an account of what their gods meant to the Romans from archaic times to Late Antiquity, and of the rites and rituals connected with them. The book is divided into three parts: the Gods of Earth and the family, devoted to archaic Rome; the Gods of City, covering the Roman Republic and early Imperial Rome; and the Gods of the Empire. Thoroughly up-to-date, receptive to the fascinating archaeological and epigraphic evidence, yet still very full on the relevant literary material, this book should be of interest for undergraduate students and for non-academic readers with a serious interest in the classical world. The English edition contains a specially prepared guide to further reading, and includes 20 half-tone illustrations.

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The style adopted by Turcan is accessible and readable. His work covers an immense amount of ground in a very small space. At times his abundance of examples is breathtaking. The reader is given a very real sense of the profusion of rites and ritual that accompanied everyday life in private and in public in the Roman world... The wealth of information in this book makes it a most useful introduction to the world of Roman religion." The style adopted by Turcan is accessible and readable. His work covers an immense amount of ground in a very small space. At times his abundance of examples is breathtaking. The reader is given a very real sense of the profusion of rites and ritual that accompanied everyday life in private and in public in the Roman world... The wealth of information in this book makes it a most useful introduction to the world of Roman religion."

Robert Turcan is Professor of Roman History at the University of Paris, Sorbonne.

General Fields

  • : 9780748613908
  • : Edinburgh University Press
  • : Edinburgh University Press
  • : 0.3
  • : October 2000
  • : 156mm X 234mm X 24mm
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Robert Turcan
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : 180
  • : 20 halftones, further reading