Chapter 2. Theorizing the Religion of Ancient Households and Families

  1. John Bodel Professor1 and
  2. Saul M. Olyan PhD Professor2
  1. Stanley K. Stowers PhD Professor

Published Online: 23 MAR 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444302974.ch2

Household and Family Religion in Antiquity

Household and Family Religion in Antiquity

How to Cite

Stowers, S. K. (2008) Theorizing the Religion of Ancient Households and Families, in Household and Family Religion in Antiquity (eds J. Bodel and S. M. Olyan), Blackwell Publishing Ltd., Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444302974.ch2

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Brown University, USA

  2. 2

    Samuel Ungerleider Jr Professor of Judaic Studies, Brown University, USA

Author Information

  1. Brown University, USA

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 23 MAR 2009
  2. Published Print: 16 MAY 2008

Book Series:

  1. The Ancient World: Comparative Histories

Book Series Editors:

  1. Kurt A. Raaflaub

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405175791

Online ISBN: 9781444302974

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Keywords:

  • theorizing ancient household religion;
  • family, household, and religion - central to the project;
  • religions - linked and combined practices of particular human populations;
  • human-like beings and characteristics that agents attribute to the world - massive class of thought/action;
  • new patterns of practices regarding pollution and purity;
  • Greek religion - religion of imminent, varied, and intensely human-like deities;
  • theory formation - unending activity of redescription and rectification of earlier redescription in light of new data;
  • West Asia, Egypt, Greece, and Rome and categories of religion, family, and household