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Roman Republican Augury

Freedom and Control

«It is well informed, well written, and pays scrupulous attention to the sources...»

Yann Berthelet, Université de Liège, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

Roman Republican Augury: Freedom and Control 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 effects or upon its role in maintaining and perpetuating Roman social and political structures. Les mer

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Roman Republican Augury: Freedom and Control 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 effects or upon its role in maintaining and perpetuating Roman social and political structures. This volume makes a new contribution to the study of Roman religion, politics, and cultural history by focusing instead upon what augury can tell us about how Romans understood their relationship with their gods.

Augury is often thought to have told Romans what they wanted to hear. This volume argues that augury left space for perceived expressions of divine will which contradicted human wishes, and that its rules and precepts did not permit human beings to create or ignore signs at will. This analysis allows the Jupiter whom Romans approached in augury to emerge as not simply a source of power to be channelled to human ends, but a person with his own interests and desires, which did not always overlap
with those of his human enquirers. When human will and divine will clashed, it was the will of Jupiter which was supposed to prevail. In theory as in practice, it was the Romans, not their supreme god, who were bound by the auguries and auspices.

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Forlag
Oxford University Press
Innbinding
Innbundet
Språk
Engelsk
ISBN
9780198834434
Utgivelsesår
2019
Format
22 x 16 cm

Om forfatteren

Lindsay G. Driediger-Murphy is an Assistant Professor in Latin and Roman Social/Religious History at the University of Calgary, Canada. After completing a DPhil in Ancient History at the University of Oxford in 2011 she became a Stipendiary College Lecturer at Oriel and Jesus Colleges, Oxford, before moving back to Canada to take up her current post. Her research and teaching focus on the religious history of the ancient world.

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«It is well informed, well written, and pays scrupulous attention to the sources...»

Yann Berthelet, Université de Liège, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

«Driediger Murphy has written a clear and powerful treatise. In its careful and systematic treatment of the evidence, it mounts a daunting case for an alternative reading of Roman augury...tis book is a mission statement for a different approach to Roman religion.»

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