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The Cult of the ‘Great Mother’ in Imperial Rome: The Roman and the ‘Foreign’

Mary Beard

in Greek and Roman Festivals: Content, Meaning, and Practice

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199696093
eISBN:
9780191745744
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696093.003.0013
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions, Archaeology: Classical

This chapter explores the cult and rituals of Magna Mater (or Cybele) and Attis in imperial Rome. It briefly reviews the history and festivals of the goddess and the sacrifice of the taurobolium ... More


Julian the Apologist: Christians and Pagans on the Mother of the Gods

Shaun Tougher

in Rhetoric and Religious Identity in Late Antiquity

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
September 2020
ISBN:
9780198813194
eISBN:
9780191851216
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198813194.003.0005
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

This chapter examines how the myth and cult of the Mother of the Gods (with the associated figures of Attis and the supposedly self-castrating Galli) were utilized in the rhetorical construction of ... More


Catullan Wanderings: Traversing the Empire, Traversing the Self

Basil Dufallo

in Disorienting Empire: Republican Latin Poetry's Wanderers

Published in print:
2021
Published Online:
August 2021
ISBN:
9780197571781
eISBN:
9780197571811
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780197571781.003.0005
Subject:
Classical Studies, Literary Studies: Classical, Early, and Medieval

A symbol of disorientation par excellence, the Cretan Labyrinth has become an emblematic image of Catullus’s longest extant work, his “epyllion,” poem 64, on the marriage of Peleus and Thetis. ... More


Becoming Cybele: Phrygia as an Intermediate Culture

Ian Rutherford

in Hittite Texts and Greek Religion: Contact, Interaction, and Comparison

Published in print:
2020
Published Online:
October 2020
ISBN:
9780199593279
eISBN:
9780191890543
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780199593279.003.0008
Subject:
Classical Studies, Ancient Religions

This chapter examines a third major contact zone in NW Turkey around the 7th-century BC. Here Greek colonists established themselves and will have come into contact with the Phrygian population, who ... More


Religions of the Vanquished

Mark Edwards

in Religions of the Constantinian Empire

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
November 2015
ISBN:
9780199687725
eISBN:
9780191815034
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687725.003.0006
Subject:
Religion, Early Christian Studies

Chapter 6 collects what can be known about the cults of subject peoples in the Roman Empire, using as its template the invective of Firmicus Maternus Against the Error of Profane Religions. The ... More


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