Religious Fundamentalism at Rome

5:00pm - 6:30pm / Tuesday 5th December 2017 / Venue: Walbank Lecture Theatre Abercromby SQ (south)
Type: Seminar / Category: Department / Series: Classics and Ancient History Seminar Series
  • Suitable for: Anybody interested in the topic, including university staff and students and members of the public.
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Prof. Greg Woolf, Institute of Classical Studies, London.

This is a paper about a long moment in the history of the shifting and tangled relationship between imperialism and religious change at Rome. This is the period so brilliantly illuminated by the religious thought of Cicero that it has sometimes seemed typical of classical Republican religion. Greg’s argument is that the reverse is true, that this period is exceptional in a series of ways that makes it possible to speak or religious fundamentalism at Rome, or a temporary closing of the Roman religious mind.