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Divine InstitutionsReligions and Community in the Middle Roman Republic$
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Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691168678

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691168678.001.0001

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Temples, Festivals, and Common Knowledge

Temples, Festivals, and Common Knowledge

From Rhythms to Identities

(p.131) 4 Temples, Festivals, and Common Knowledge
Divine Institutions

Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Princeton University Press

This chapter explores the forms that Rome's festival and pilgrimage culture took as mirrored in the literary tradition. Religious festivals fabricated new molds for civic self-awareness and common knowledge that were then filled in by new arrivals to the mid-Republican city. By the late third century, Latins, Italians, and assorted non-Romans were making their way to Rome for ludi, in a migratory pattern that anticipated the post-Punic War influx of concern to Fannius. Social interaction at the games enhanced not only their knowledge of Roman institutions and their knowledge of one another but also their aggregative understanding of the extent to which others were becoming more knowledgeable about Roman institutions. This traffic in knowledge is part of Rome's mid-Republican state formation story.

Keywords:   Rome, Roman festivals, festival culture, pilgrimage culture, religious festivals, civil self-awareness, common knowledge, ludi, Roman institutions, state formation

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