A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome by Meghan J. DiLuzio

By Meghan J. DiLuzio

A position on the Altar illuminates a formerly underappreciated size of faith in historic Rome: the function of priestesses in civic cult. Demonstrating that priestesses had a crucial position in public rituals and associations, Meghan DiLuzio emphasizes the advanced, gender-inclusive nature of Roman priesthood. In historical Rome, priestly carrier used to be a cooperative recreation, requiring women and men, husbands and other halves, and elite Romans and slaves to interact to control the community's dating with its gods.

Like their male colleagues, priestesses provided sacrifices on behalf of the Roman humans, and prayed for the community’s healthiness. As they performed their ritual tasks, they have been assisted by way of lady cult body of workers, lots of them slave ladies. DiLuzio explores the principal function of the Vestal Virgins and exhibits that they occupied only one form of priestly place of work open to ladies. a few priestesses, together with the flaminica Dialis, the regina sacrorum, and the other halves of the curial clergymen, served as a part of priestly undefined. Others, equivalent to the priestesses of Ceres and Fortuna Muliebris, have been principally autonomous.

A position on the Altar deals a clean figuring out of ways the ladies of historical Rome performed a number one position in public cult.

Show description

Read Online or Download A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome PDF

Similar ancient history books

The Establishment of the Han Empire and Imperial China (Greenwood Guides to Historic Events of the Ancient World)

The Han Dynasty created an everlasting chinese language empire resembling the Roman Empire. during this booklet, narrative chapters, biographical sketches, and translated fundamental records provide readers a special evaluate of this crucial founding dynasty. The Han Dynasty (206 B. C. E. to C. E. 221) governed a wide filthy rich chinese language empire that used to be approximately modern with the Roman Empire and similar in dimension.

Women in Roman Law and Society

The criminal state of affairs of the ladies of old Rome used to be tremendous advanced, and - considering that there has been no sharp contrast among unfastened lady, freedwoman and slave - the definition in their criminal place is frequently heard. Basing her vigorous research on precise research of literary and epigraphic fabric, Jane F.

Macht Antike Politik?: Zum Nutzen der Antike in politischer Theorie und Praxis (Transformationen der Antike) (German Edition)

Auch nach dem Ende der politischen Strukturen der Antike, nach dem Untergang ihrer Reiche und Gemeinwesen bis hin zum römischen Imperium, hat das Altertum seinen Einfluss auf das öffentliche Denken und Handeln Europas und der westlichen Welt nie ganz verloren: Antike Lehren und Vorbilder dienen bis in unsere Tage als Bezugspunkte ganz unterschiedlicher politischer Diskurse.

Extra resources for A Place at the Altar: Priestesses in Republican Rome

Example text

Download PDF sample

Rated 4.56 of 5 – based on 43 votes