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The Religious Experience of the Roman People 1909–1910

William Warde Fowler

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The Religious Experience of the Roman People focuses on the historical transformation of Roman religion, covering a lengthy period from the earliest times to the age of Augustus. Fowler argues that the idea of ‘the primitive religious instinct’ as the germ of the historical Roman religion gradually declined due to the orientation to ritual, but it reshaped itself in new forms from the period of the Punic Wars. He demonstrates that the patrician religion of the early city-state was the religion of an invading race such as the Archaeans in Greece, engraved on the religion of a ‘primitive and less civilized population’. The author concludes by showing how the Roman religion contributed to the formation of early Christianity.
Shin Ahn
University of Edinburgh

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OnlineMacmillan Company1933
OriginalTextbook Publishers1911
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Templeton Press