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Roman cult images : the lives and worship of idols, from the Iron Age to late antiquity / Philip Kiernan, Iennesaw State University, Georgia.

By: Kiernan, Philip, 1979- [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Cambridge ; New York : Cambridge University Press, 2020Description: xvi, 358 pages : illustrations ; 26 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9781108487344; 9781108720090.Subject(s): Idols and images -- Rome | Rome -- Religion
Contents:
Introduction: Idols and Other Cult Images -- The Birth of Cult Images: Early Rome and the Iron Age -- The Birth of Cult Images: Continuity and Innovation in the Imperial Period -- Idols at Home -- Idols in Action -- The End of Idols.
Summary: "In this book, Philip Kiernan explores how cult images functioned in Roman temples from the Iron Age to Late Antiquity in the Roman west. He demonstrates how and why a temple's idols, were more important to ritual than other images such as votive offerings and decorative sculpture. These idols were seen by many to be divine and possessed of agency. They were, thus, the primary focus of worship. Aided by cross-cultural comparative material, Kirenan's study brings a biographical approach to explore the "lives" of idols and cult images - how they were created, housed in temples, used and worshipped, and eventually destroyed or buried. He also shows how the status of cult images could change, how new idols and other cult images were being continuously created, and how, in each phase of their lives, we find evidence for the significant power of idols"-- Provided by publisher.
List(s) this item appears in: AD New acquisitions 2020 | AD New acquisitions. September 2020 | New Acquisitions
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Includes bibliographical references and index.

Introduction: Idols and Other Cult Images -- The Birth of Cult Images: Early Rome and the Iron Age -- The Birth of Cult Images: Continuity and Innovation in the Imperial Period -- Idols at Home -- Idols in Action -- The End of Idols.

"In this book, Philip Kiernan explores how cult images functioned in Roman temples from the Iron Age to Late Antiquity in the Roman west. He demonstrates how and why a temple's idols, were more important to ritual than other images such as votive offerings and decorative sculpture. These idols were seen by many to be divine and possessed of agency. They were, thus, the primary focus of worship. Aided by cross-cultural comparative material, Kirenan's study brings a biographical approach to explore the "lives" of idols and cult images - how they were created, housed in temples, used and worshipped, and eventually destroyed or buried. He also shows how the status of cult images could change, how new idols and other cult images were being continuously created, and how, in each phase of their lives, we find evidence for the significant power of idols"-- Provided by publisher.

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