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The Peace of the GodsElite Religious Practices in the Middle Roman Republic$
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Craige B. Champion

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780691174853

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2018

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691174853.001.0001

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Domi: Priesthoods, Politics, and the People

Domi: Priesthoods, Politics, and the People

(p.23) Two Domi: Priesthoods, Politics, and the People
The Peace of the Gods

Craige B. Champion

Princeton University Press

This chapter examines domestic politics and religion in Rome, focusing on structures and interrelationships of the priesthoods among themselves and in relation to the Senate, political/religious disputes conducted in public political arenas, and the role of the populus Romanus in these controversies. After providing an overview of the extent of priestly authority in the Midde Roman Republic, the chapter considers the structural interrelationships of the priesthoods and the Senate, the oligarchic interpretation of republican politics and political life, and popular participation in politics. It then discusses the proportion of the total citizen population that could have participated in enactments of the state religion, along with the extent to which religious institutions served the personal physical and spiritual needs of the populace during the period. Finally, it discusses the ritual obsessions of the Roman ruling elite and the religious autonomy of nonelites.

Keywords:   state religion, Rome, priesthood, Senate, priestly authority, republican politics, political life, religious institutions, Roman ruling elite, nonelites

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