Cult Places and Cult Personnel in the Roman Empire

Fishwick, Duncan
Date published: 
March 2014

The twenty-one studies assembled in this volume focus on the apparatus and practitioners of religions in the Western Roman Empire, the enclaves, temples, altars and monuments that served the cults of a wide range of divinities through the medium of priests and worshippers. Discussion focuses on the analysis or reconstruction of the centers at which devotees gathered and draws on the full range of available evidence. While literary authorities remain of primary concern, these are for the most part overshadowed by other categories of evidence, in particular archaeology, epigraphy, numismatics and iconography, sources in some cases confirmed by the latest geophysical techniques - electrical resistivity tomography or ground-probing radar.