Before Christianity in ancient Rome, religion was diverse and vast. Professor Michele R. Salzman, Department of History, University of California, Riverside, joins the show to share what religions and forms of worship existed in ancient Rome and how they functioned.
Some topics explored
- When Christianity
- Jewish people in ancient Rome
- Ancient writers who wrote on ancient Roman religion
- Julius Caesar’s relationship to religion
- The Roman Pantheon
- The Sol & Isis deities
- Roman emperors being given the Pontifex Maximus
- Temple of Venus
- Terms that Romans used to describe ancient religion
- Priests involved in ancient religion including priests that were dedicated to given deities
Listen to the episode
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- Professor Salzman is co-translator and author of the commentary and introduction of The Letters of Symmachus: Book 1 (Writings from the Greco-Roman World) (Society of Biblical Literature, 2011) and author of the forthcoming book The Falls of Rome: Crises, Resilience, and Resurgence in Late Antiquity (Cambridge University, 2021)
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