Lesson 18: Polytheism and Salvation

Even had not Christianity existed, the Roman Empire would have been one of the most consequential and transformative periods in the history of religion. The rise of the imperial cult, the gradual influence of integration in a multi-cultural empire, the philosophization of religion, and … above all the rise of the mystery cults focused on salvation in the afterlife: these make the Roman Empire a period of unique importance.

 

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THE LESSON
LESSON 18 HANDOUT (PDF)

 


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KEY FIGURES & TERMS
Anthropomorphic, syncretism, pax deorum, Eleusinian mysteries, Mithras, Isis

 

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THE LESSON

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