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From Jupiter to ChristOn the History of Religion in the Roman Imperial Period$
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Jörg Rüpke

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780198703723

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198703723.001.0001

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The Rise of Provincial Religion

The Rise of Provincial Religion

(p.105) 5 The Rise of Provincial Religion
From Jupiter to Christ

Jörg Rüpke

Oxford University Press

This chapter aims to develop a heuristic model for analysing the development of provincial religion within the framework of cultural contacts characterizing the early phases of the formation of a Roman province. This comprises the widening of the circle of people involved in contacts over border-lines, the opportunities for elites for social distinction, and the sharing of knowledge as determinants of religious communication. Potential changes in the basis of knowledge and functional uncertainty are explored in a simple model of two cultures in exchange.

Keywords:   cultural contacts, commuter, trans-cultural communication, religious knowledge, religious symbols

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