Institute for the Classical Tradition
ANRW II.16.1, pp. 554-608
 
The Functions of Roman Temples
by John E. Stambaugh, Williamstown, Mass.

Contents

Introduction. The Temple of Mars Ultor 554
I. Construction and Maintenance of Temples 557

1. Construction and Dedication

557

2. The Sanctuary and its Parts

558

3. Maintenance and Personnel. The aedituus

574
II. Religious Rites and Ceremonies 576

1. Festivals

576

2. Private Devotions

579
III. Political Functions of Temples 580

1. Meetings of Official Bodies

580

2. Civic Offices

582

3. Temples as Political Propaganda

583
IV. The Temple in the City: Economic and Social Functions 585

1. Markets and Banks

585

2. Museums and Libraries

586

3. Temples as Landmarks and Meeting Places

587
V. Private Shrines: Temples of the collegia 588
VI. Shrines of the Oriental Cults 591

1. The Phrygian Gods

592

2. The Syrian Gods

593

3. The Egyptian Gods

597

4. Mithras

597

5. Others

598
VII. Jewish Synagogues 599
VIII. Christian Meeting-Places and Shrines 602
Bibliography 605
List of Illustrations 608
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