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This booklet examines the relationship among political and non secular energy within the pagan Roman Empire via a examine of senatorial faith. offering a brand new choice of historic, epigraphic, prosopographic and fabric proof, it argues that as Augustus became to faith to legitimize his powers, senators in flip additionally got here to barter their very own strength, in addition to that of the emperor, partially in spiritual phrases. In Rome, the physique of the senate and priesthoods helped to take care of the non secular strength of the senate; around the Empire senators outlined their magisterial powers via following the version of emperors and by means of hoping on the piety of sacrifice and benefactions. the continued participation and ideas of senators make certain the deep skill of imperial faith to interact the normative, symbolic and innovative features of spiritual existence between senators.

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