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Abstract This paper argues that Aesopic fables are an under-used but valuable resource for the study of Graeco-Roman cognitive religiosity. The world of fables is ruled by a restricted group of divinities – an ‘oligotheon’ – dominated by Zeus, the largely benign creator who gives living beings...
Abstract Family bonds, and particularly fraternal relationships, play key roles in many of the narratives relating to Rome’s Regal and early Republican periods. In particular, the literary sources for these periods are full of references to brothers standing side by side, fighting for, and in...
Abstract Tacitus offers an account of the movement of the god Sarapis from the city of Sinope to Alexandria at Histories 4.83–84 as part of an extended discussion of the god’s origins. His account engages with the Roman theology of tutelary deities and their movement, following a pattern seen in...
Abstract The fragments of Livy’s annalistic predecessors may be meagre, but they allow us to detect variant traditions which he does not include. Polybios, Tacitus and the emperor Claudius also record such variants on early Roman history. The same is true of the antiquarians Varro, Cincius,...
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