Cult Places and Cultural Change in Republican Italy

A Contextual Approach to Religious Aspects of Rural Society after the Roman Conquest

Tesse Stek

Cult Places and Cultural Change in Republican Italy

Tesse Stek

Distributed for Amsterdam University Press

263 pages | 60 halftones | 8 1/4 x 11 3/4 | © 2009
Cloth $76.50 ISBN: 9789089641779 Published July 2010 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

This rigorously researched study sheds new light on the religious structures and rituals of the Italic tribes from 400 to 100 BC. Citing literary, epigraphic, and archaeological evidence from central and southern Italy, including a case study on the Samnite Temple of San Giovanni in Galdo, the author investigates the fluctuating function of these cult places in and among the non-Roman Italic communities, before and after the establishment of Roman rule.


1   Rome and Italy: Ideas on Cultural Change
2   ’Religious Romanisation’ and the Fate of Italic Rural Sanctuaries
3   Samnium: The Sacred Construction of Community and Architectural Forms
4   Location and Function of Italic Sanctuaries in Society: Three Models
5   Landscapes of the Sacred: Contextualising the Samnite Sanctuary of S. Giovanni in Galdo, Colle
     Rimontato (CB)
6   Roman Sacred Landscapes? The Pagus-Vicus System Revised
7   Cult and Colonisation: Pagi, Vici and Sanctuaries
8   Roman Ritual in the Italian Countryside? The Paganalia and the Lustratio Pagi
9   Roman Ritual in the Italian Countryside? The Compitalia and the Shrines of the Lares 
10 Conclusions

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