• Octavian and Egyptian Cults: Redrawing the Boundaries of Romanness

    Author(s):
    Eric Orlin (see profile)
    Date:
    2008
    Subject(s):
    Ancient Mediterranean religions, Ancient Roman, Roman religion
    Item Type:
    Article
    Permanent URL:
    http://dx.doi.org/10.17613/tm34-hm44
    Abstract:
    Octavian's decision in 28 B.C.E. to ban Egyptian cults from within the pomerium was not a sign of hostility to foreign cults, especially since the emperor himself arranged for the restoration of those shrines outside the city's religious boundary. Rather, his action served to reassert the Roman openness to foreign religions while at the same time underlining the distinctions between Roman and foreign religious practices. Using the pomerium to demarcate a clear boundary between Roman and non-Roman helped to reconstruct the sense of Roman identity that had been shattered by the civil wars of the previous fifty years.
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