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Foreign Cults in Rome: Creating a Roman Empire

Eric Orlin


This study of the Roman reaction to foreign cults explores how religion contributed to the Romans’ need to reshape their community and their sense of what it meant to be Roman in the wake of Roman expansion from a single city to the dominant power in the Mediterranean basin. Roman religion is a particularly useful field within which to study Roman self-definition, for the Romans considered themselves to be the most religious of all peoples and ascribed their imperial success to their religiosity. The Romans were remarkably open to outside influences, installing foreign religious elements as pa ... More

Keywords: Roman expansion, foreign cults, Roman Italy, self-definition, identity, Roman religion, Romanness, middle republic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199731558
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731558.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Eric Orlin, author
University of Puget Sound
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