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By Sarah Iles Johnston

spiritual ideals and practices, which permeated all facets of existence in antiquity, traveled well-worn routes in the course of the Mediterranean: itinerant charismatic practitioners visiting from position to put peddled their talents as healers, purifiers, cursers, and initiators; and vessels adorned with illustrations of myths traveled with them. New gods encountered in overseas lands via retailers and conquerors have been occasionally taken domestic to be tailored and followed. This choice of essays by way of a uncommon foreign staff of students, drawn from the groundbreaking reference paintings Religion within the old World, deals an expansive, comparative standpoint in this complicated non secular international.

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In Search of History: Historiography in the Ancient World and the Origins of Biblical History. New Haven: Yale University Press, 1983. White, H. G. , ed. and trans. Ausonius. 2 vols. Cambridge: Harvard University Press, 1985. Ritual Jan Bremmer R eaders of this book would, of course, expect a chapter on ritual. Yet they may well be surprised that such expectations would not have been shared by most 19th-century readers. In fact, our modern usage of the term ritual is barely older than just one century.

Empire to Commonwealth: Consequences of Monotheism in Late Antiquity. Princeton: Princeton University Press, 1993. Hengel, M. Judentum und Hellenismus: Studien zu ihrer Begegnung unter besonderer Berücksichtigung Palästinas bis zur Mitte des 2. Jh. v. Chr. Tübingen: Mohr, 1969. Momigliano, Arnaldo. ” In Momigliano, On Pagans, Jews, and Christians. : Wesleyan University Press, 1987. Peterson, E. Heis Theos: Epigraphische, formgeschichtliche und religionsgeschichtliche Untersuchungen. Göttingen: Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 1926.

But whereas in Mesopotamia, China, and Rome this attention was associated with various forms of divination that served to reveal the will of the gods and to foretell the future, in Egypt it was connected with the daily ritual that served to assist the gods in 19 monotheism and polytheism maintaining the world, supplementing divine action with ritual action. Thus, the Egyptians observed the regular and the recurrent, whereas cultures that focused on divination observed the exceptional and deviant.

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