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Divine Qualities: Cult and Community in Republican Rome

Anna J. Clark

Abstract

Qualities receiving public cult in Rome have too often been understood simply as incarnating ‘Roman virtues’. This book presents a critical new account of divine qualities (often misleadingly called personifications, abstracts, or virtues) in the Republic, as a lens through which to explore how Romans thought about themselves. It contends that the existence of cults to clementia, concordia, felicitas, fides, honos, libertas, mens, ops, pietas, pudicttia, salus, spes, virtus, or victoria does not illustrate the ‘Roman‐ness’ of these qualities in any simple way. Cult rather gave these qualities ... More

Keywords: divine qualities, public cult, ‘Roman‐ness’, resources, tone/resonance, claims, personifications, abstracts, virtues, lexicon

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2007 Print ISBN-13: 9780199226825
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2008 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199226825.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anna J. Clark, author
Tutor in Roman History, Christ Church, University of Oxford
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