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Roman Republican Augury: Freedom and Control

Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy


This book proposes a new way of understanding augury, a form of Roman state divination designed to consult the god Jupiter. Previous scholarly studies of augury have tended to focus either upon its legal-constitutional aspects or upon its role in maintaining and perpetuating Roman social and political structures. This book contributes to the study of Roman religion, theology, politics, and cultural history by focusing upon what augury can tell us about how Romans understood their relationship with their gods. The current scholarly consensus holds that augury, like other forms of Roman public d ... More

Keywords: augury, auspice, Jupiter, Roman public divination, augural, ritual, divine will

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2018 Print ISBN-13: 9780198834434
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198834434.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy, author
Assistant Professor in Latin and Roman Social/Religious History, Department of Classics and Religion, University of Calgary, Canada

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