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By Heidi Wendt

ISBN-10: 0190267143

ISBN-13: 9780190267148

In his 6th satire, Juvenal speculates approximately how Roman better halves busy themselves whereas their husbands are away, specifically, through interesting a revolving door of unique viewers who contain a eunuch of the jap goddess Bellona, an impersonator of Egyptian Anubis, a Judean priestess, and Chaldean astrologers. From those self-proclaimed non secular experts ladies solicit providers starting from dream interpretation to the coercion of fanatics. Juvenal's catalogue indicates the recognition of such "freelance" specialists on the flip of the second one century and their familiarity to his viewers, whom he might count on to get the joke.

Heidi Wendt investigates the backdrop of this enthusiasm for the faith of freelance specialists by means of reading their upward push in the course of the first centuries of the Roman Empire. in contrast to civic monks and temple body of workers, freelance specialists needed to generate their very own authority and legitimacy, usually via demonstrations of ability and studying within the streets, in marketplaces, and on the temple gates, between different destinations within the Roman global. Wendt argues that those pros participated in a hugely aggressive type of spiritual job that intersected with a number of components of uniqueness, rather philosophy and medication. Over the process the imperial interval freelance specialists grew more and more influential, extra varied with appreciate to their abilities and techniques, and extra varied within the ethnic coding in their practices. Wendt argues that this context engendered a number of the cutting edge kinds of faith that flourished within the moment and 3rd centuries, together with phenomena associated with Persian Mithras, the Egyptian gods, and the Judean Christ.

The proof for freelance specialists in faith is considerable, yet students of historic Mediterranean faith have just recently began to understand their effect at the empire's altering non secular panorama. on the Temple Gates integrates reports of Judaism, Christianity, secret cults, astrology, magic, and philosophy to color a colourful portrait of spiritual services in early Rome.

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