The Impact of the Roman Empire on the Cult of Asclepius

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In The Impact of the Roman Empire on The Cult of Asclepius Ghislaine van der Ploeg offers an overview and analysis of how worship of the Graeco-Roman god Asclepius adapted, changed, and was disseminated under the Roman Empire. It is shown that the cult enjoyed a vibrant period of worship in the Roman era and by analysing the factors by which this religious changed happened, the impact which the Roman Empire had upon religious life is determined. Making use of epigraphic, numismatic, visual, and literary sources, van der Ploeg demonstrates the multifaceted nature of the Roman cult of Asclepius, updating current thinking about the god.

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Biographical Note

Ghislaine van der Ploeg, Ph.D (2015), University of Warwick, is a post-doctoral researcher in Classics and Ancient History at the University of Cologne. She has published articles on the cult of Asclepius, religious connectivity, and Ostia.

Review Quotes

“Concluderend is dit voor mij een zeer belangrijke studie die de Romeinse Asklepios-cultus duidelijk heeft beschreven (…) Dit boek is zeer waardevol en zal zeer zeker vaak worden geciteerd in onderzoek gerelateerd aan Asklepios.” (Mark Beumer, Kleio-Historia n.9)

Table of contents

Contents
Acknowledgments
List of Figures and Tables
List of Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Mobility and Connectivity in the Cult of Asclepius
2 Asclepius before the Roman Imperial Period
3 Imperial Relations with Asclepius
4 Asclepius and the Army
5 The Cult(s) of Asclepius in Roman North Africa
6 Conclusions
Bibliography

Readership

All interested in Roman religion, the cult of Asclepius, and how cults adapted and changed under the Roman Empire.

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