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From Jupiter to Christ: On the History of Religion in the Roman Imperial Period

Jörg Rüpke


A history of the religion of the Roman imperial period is of fundamental importance for understanding the history of religion in Europe. It is also of great value for any history of religion. The Roman Empire offered a space for Christianity which enabled the quick diffusion of media and ideas. It is this space and period which enabled the diffusion of Christianity and made way for an esthetizied paganism prepared for many later renaissances. This book argues that the decisive change within this period was not the growing number of ‘religions’ or changes in their ranking and success, but a mod ... More

Keywords: Roman religion, imperial religion, religious change, Roman Empire, provincial religion, religious practice

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2014 Print ISBN-13: 9780198703723
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703723.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Jörg Rüpke, author
Fellow in Religious Studies, University of Erfurt