Indo-European Sacred Space: Vedic and Roman Cult

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But Woodard discovers still another minor triad. Two of them, Juventas and Terminus, despite all the religious ceremonies and entreaties, refused to relocate, and thus their sacella had to be incorporated into the Capitoline temple.

In this triad, Juventas represents warlike youth, but Terminus causes trouble. Woodard points out that Varro Ling. Under this enigmatic title it refers to a modern debate [] , the chapter deals with the boundaries of the urbs and ager, the rituals of lustration, and the two akin but distinct so Woodard ceremonies, the Ambarvalia conducted by the pontiffs and the rites in the grove of Dea Dia conducted by the Arval Brethren. This brief account cannot do justice to the seductive power of the book, where dazzling juxtapositions conjure up edifices of argument, and minute details open broad vistas.

The masterful disproval of the oddly popular thesis of the agrarian Mars —40, —65 will bring intellectual joy to many. But even in this recovered realm of gods there is space and time for the voice of reflection. To a student of Roman religion the book may seem to have a hole in its middle: it does not analyze the specifically Roman concepts of space—there is no word of sacrum places consecrated by the magistrates and pontiffs and sanctum places inaugurated by the augurs at the behest of magistrates cum imperio. The latter were called technically templa; the term also denoted the space carved in the air for the observation of the flight of birds.

Roger Woodard

In his short discussion of templum , —44 , Woodard disappointingly disregards most modern studies dealing with the augurs, auguria and auspicia, and the ritual orientation and in particular the inscribed stones from Bantia marking an augural templum ; see most recently with ample bibliography J. Then there is the perennial question of method. And so it goes for other claims. Each supposition might be right, but almost all involve some special pleading, and thus, statistically, their combined reliability must be low.

It has been an epochal achievement to work out the family relationships of Indo- European languages and proceed to various reconstructions of the common ancestor. But that language is entirely made up of words with asterisks: they are all hypothetical. This is even truer of the syntax, not to speak of the word usage. The statistical chance of arriving at the language that was actually spoken is nil.

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The discovery of Hittite and the development of laryngeal theory rendered that particular version of the original language doubly non-existent. Their method offers welcome glimpses into the cultic and social mist of time. But when they attempt to write a coherent narrative, their effort is akin to crafting tales in a hypothetical language on the basis of words with asterisks. Buch 5—8 und Indices. Basel: Schwabe Verlag, It may seem astonishing that a document of exceptional importance for ancient history, geography, and the history of science should have had to wait until now for a complete critical edition.

In fact the last complete edition, by C.

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Two other editions, by F. Wilberg and C. Grashof —45 and by C. Fischer — , though furnished with apparatus, were vitiated by defective knowledge of the main lines of the textual tradition and besides were never completed. About two thirds of the Geography is thus dedicated to a list of some eight-thousand place names with the longitudes and latitudes of the corresponding localities expressed in degrees and fractions of a degree, ordered.

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Michael Harrington - - Palgrave-Macmillan. Imperial Cult S. Friesen: Twice Neokoros. Asia and the Cult of the Flavian Imperial Family. Religions in the Graeco—Roman World. Leiden, New York, Cologne: E. Brill, Cased, Gld. Kearsley - - The Classical Review 45 02 Added to PP index Total views 30 , of 2,, Recent downloads 6 months 1 , of 2,, How can I increase my downloads?

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