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Household and Family Religion in Antiquity
Bodel, John and Saul M. Olyan, editors

Oxford: Blackwell, 2008 pp. xviii + 324. $99.95


Description: The first book to explore the religious dimensions of the family and the household in ancient Mediterranean and West Asian antiquity. Advances our understanding of household and familial religion, as opposed to state-sponsored or civic temple cults Reconstructs domestic and family religious practices in Egypt, Greece, Rome, Israel, Mesopotamia, Ugarit, Emar, and Philistia Explores many household rituals, such as providing for ancestral spirits, and petitioning of a householdís patron deities or of spirits associated with the house itself Examines lifecycle rituals Ė from pregnancy and birth to maturity, old age, death, and beyond Looks at religious practices relating to the household both within the home itself and other spaces, such as at extramural tombs and local sanctuaries

Subjects: Methods, Historical Approaches, History, History of Religions

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Review by Jason Lamoreaux
Published 4/24/2010
Citation: Jason Lamoreaux, review of John Bodel and Saul M. Olyan, eds., Household and Family Religion in Antiquity, Review of Biblical Literature [http://www.bookreviews.org] (2010).


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