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Book Title: Indo-European Sacred Space: Vedic and Roman Cult|
The author of the book: Roger D. Woodard
Date of issue: September 25th 2006
ISBN 13: 9780252029882
Format files: PDF
The size of the: 4.23 MB
Edition: University of Illinois Press
Read full description of the books Indo-European Sacred Space: Vedic and Roman Cult:In Indo-European Sacred Space, Roger D. Woodard provides a careful examination of the sacred spaces of ancient Rome, finding them remarkably consistent with older Indo-European religious practices, as described in the Vedas of ancient India. Employing and expanding on the fundamental methods of Emile Benveniste, as well as Georges Dumezil's tripartite analysis of Proto-Indo-European society, Woodard clarifies not only the spatial dynamics of the archaic Roman cult but, stemming from that, an unexpected clarification of several obscure issues in the study of Roman religion. Looking closely at the organization of Roman religious activity, especially as regards sacrifices, festivals, and the hierarchy of priests, Woodard sheds new light on issues, including the presence of the god Terminus in Jupiter's Capitoline temple, the nature of the Roman suovetaurilia, the Ambarvalia and its relationship to the rites of the Fratres Arvales, and the identification of the Sabine god Semo Sancus. Perhaps most significantly, this work also presents a novel and persuasive resolution to the long-standing problem of agrarian Mars. Roger Woodard is Andrew V. V. University of Buffalo (The State University of New York). Among his many books are Greek Writing from Knossos to Homer and The Cambridge Encyclopedia of the World's Ancient Languages, a volume in the Traditions series, edited by Gregory Nagy.
Read information about the authorRoger Dillard Woodard was born in 1951. He received his Ph.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He holds the Andrew V. V. Raymond Chair of Classics at the University at Buffalo (SUNY), having formerly served on the faculties of Swarthmore College, Johns Hopkins University and the University of Southern California.
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