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Details Product: Two thousand years ago, the Romans sought to absorb into their empire what they regarded as a remote, almost mythical island on the very edge of the known world—Britain. The expeditions of Julius Caesar and the Claudian invasion of 43 CE, up to the traditional end of Roman Britain in the fifth century CE, brought fundamental and lasting changes to the island. Not least among these was a pantheon of new classical deities and religious systems, along with a clutch of exotic eastern cults, including Christianity. But what homegrown deities, cults, and cosmologies did the Romans encounter in Britain, and how did the British react to the changes? Under Roman rule, the old gods and their adherents were challenged, adopted, adapted, absorbed, and reconfigured.Miranda Aldhouse- Green balances literary, archaeological, and iconographic evidence (and scrutinizes the shortcomings of each) to illuminate the complexity of religion and belief in Roman Britain. She examines the two-way traffic of cultural exchange and the interplay between imported and indigenous factions to reveal how this period on the cusp between prehistory and history knew many of the same tensions, ideologies, and issues of identity still relevant today.
Author: Miranda Aldhouse-Green
Language: English
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Rituals in Roman Britain from Caesar to

Constantine Full Description


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and Rituals in Roman Britain from Caesar to


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Two thousand years ago, the Romans sought to absorb into their empire what they

regarded as a remote, almost mythical island on the very edge of the known

world—Britain. The expeditions of Julius Caesar and the Claudian invasion of 43 CE,

up to the traditional end of Roman Britain in the fifth century CE, brought

fundamental and lasting changes to the island. Not least among these was a

pantheon of new classical deities and religious systems, along with a clutch of exotic

eastern cults, including Christianity. But what homegrown deities, cults, and

cosmologies did the Romans encounter in Britain, and how did the British react to the

changes? Under Roman rule, the old gods and their adherents were challenged,

adopted, adapted, absorbed, and reconfigured.Miranda Aldhouse- Green balances

literary, archaeological, and iconographic evidence (and scrutinizes the shortcomings

of each) to illuminate the complexity of religion and belief in Roman Britain. She

examines the two-way traffic of cultural exchange and the interplay between

imported and indigenous factions to reveal how this period on the cusp between

prehistory and history knew many of the same tensions, ideologies, and issues of

identity still relevant today.

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