Religion in the Roman Empire


Volume 4 (2018)


Religion in the Roman Empire (RRE) is bold in the sense that it intends to further and document new and integrative perspectives on religion in the Ancient World combining multidisciplinary methodologies. Starting from the notion of « lived religion » it will offer a space to take up recent, but still incipient, research to modify and cross the disciplinary boundaries of History of Religion, Archaeology, Anthropology, Classics, Ancient History, Jewish History, Rabbinics, New Testament, Early Christianity, Patristics, Coptic Studies, Gnostic and Manichean Studies, Late Antiquity and Oriental Languages. We hope to stimulate the development of new approaches that can encompass the local and global trajectories of the multidimensional pluralistic religions of antiquity.

Each volume consists of three issues a year, each of approximately 130 pages in length. It includes an editorial, five to seven main articles, and book reviews. All articles and contributions that exceed 8 pages in length are double-blind peer-reviewed. All articles and contributions are in English.

The first issues deal with « Lived Religion: Appropriations of Religion and Meanings in Situations, » « Understanding Objects in Religious Contexts » and with « Practices and Groups, » bringing together studies on textual and archaeological material from all areas of the Mediterranean.

(Text by the editors)


Table of Contents


Ascetism in the Late Roman Empire

Roberto Alciati – Introduction: The Ascetic Use of the Body

Catherine Hezser – Self-Control in a World Controlled By Others: Palestinian Rabbinic ‘Asceticism’ in Late Antiquity

Andrea Piras – Sealing the Body: Theory and Practices of Manichaean Asceticism

Roberto Alciati – The Ascetic Knowledge: The Importance of Sense-Perception in Ancient Christian Asceticism


Open Submissions

Brandon Walker – With Peter at the Games: Ritual Memory and the »Acts of Peter«

Petter Spjut – The Counterfeit Spirit and the Concept of Fate in the »Apocryphon of John« : An Analysis of the Narrative Structure in NH II 20:9–21:12 and NH II 27:33–28:32


Discussing Religious Change – A Panel of Jörg Rüpke’s « Pantheon: A New History of Roman Religion »

Jan N. Bremmer – Jörg Rüpke’s »Pantheon«

Corinne Bonnet – Coping with »Pantheon«

Judith M. Lieu – Jörg Rüpke’s »Pantheon«: Some Personal Reflections

Zsuzsanna Varhelyi – Jörg Rüpke’s »Pantheon«: A Comprehensive History of Lived Religion in Ancient Rome

Jörg Rüpke – Reflecting on Dealing with Religious Change

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