The Roman Goddess Ceres
University of Texas Press, 22 лип. 2010 р. - 308 стор.
Interest in goddess worship is growing in contemporary society, as women seek models for feminine spirituality and wholeness. New cults are developing around ancient goddesses from many cultures, although their modern adherents often envision and interpret the goddesses very differently than their original worshippers did.
In this thematic study of the Roman goddess Ceres, Barbette Spaeth explores the rich complexity of meanings and functions that grew up around the goddess from the prehistoric period to the Late Roman Empire. In particular, she examines two major concepts, fertility and liminality, and two social categories, the plebs and women, which were inextricably linked with Ceres in the Roman mind. Spaeth then analyzes an image of the goddess in a relief of the Ara Pacis, an important state monument of the Augustan period, showing how it incorporates all these varied roles and associations of Ceres. This interpretation represents a new contribution to art history.
With its use of literary, epigraphical, numismatic, artistic, and archaeological evidence, The Roman Goddess Ceres presents a more encompassing view of the goddess than was previously available. It will be important reading for all students of Classics, as well as for a general audience interested in New Age, feminist, or pagan spirituality.
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12 Regal Rome
13 The Early Republic
14 The Middle Republic
15 The Late Republic
16 The Augustan Period
17 The Early Roman Empire
18 The Late Empire and Afterward
44 Ceres and Plebeian Social Consciousness
45 Ceres thePlebs and Political Propaganda
53 Female Virtues
54 Ceres and Women of the Imperial family
CERES IN THE ARA PACISAUGUSTAE
22 Agricultural Fertility
23 Human Fertility
24 Ceres and Fertility in Roman Imperial Political Symbolism
32 Rites of Passage
33 Rites of Intensification
34 Ceres and the Death of Tiberius Gracchus
42 The Temple of Ceres Liber and Libera
43 Plebeian Magistrates and Ceres
62 The Central Figure of the Ara Pacis Relief
63 The Side Figures of the Ara Pacis Relief
64 The Ceres Panel and the Relief Program of the Ara Pacis
65 Ceres and the Political Message of the Ara Pacis
WOMENOF THEIMPERIALFAMILY IDENTIFIEDWITHCERES