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Foreign Cults in RomeCreating a Roman Empire$
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Eric Orlin

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199731558

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731558.001.0001

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Introduction

Introduction

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(p.3) Introduction
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Foreign Cults in Rome
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Eric M. Orlin (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199731558.003.0000

The introduction provides an overview of the historical context for the study and lays out the general theoretical framework within which the argument is made. It provides an overview of discussions on ethnicity and identity drawn from the social sciences (anthropology, sociology, political science) relevant to the study. It also discusses the problems of defining foreign cults in Rome, as well as the problems of the source material, especially the historian Livy, that are used in studying Roman religion.

Keywords:   Livy, theoretical framework, identity, social sciences, foreign cults

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