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This e-book examines the relationship among political and non secular strength within the pagan Roman Empire via a learn of senatorial faith. proposing a brand new selection of historic, epigraphic, prosopographic and fabric facts, it argues that as Augustus grew to become to faith to legitimize his powers, senators in flip additionally got here to barter their very own strength, in addition to that of the emperor, partially in spiritual phrases. In Rome, the physique of the senate and priesthoods helped to take care of the non secular energy of the senate; around the Empire senators outlined their magisterial powers through following the version of emperors and by way of counting on the piety of sacrifice and benefactions. the continuing participation and ideas of senators ascertain the deep skill of imperial faith to interact the normative, symbolic and ingenious features of spiritual existence between senators.

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