Theorizing Religion in Antiquity - Nickolas P. Roubekas

Theorizing Religion in Antiquity - Nickolas P. Roubekas

11. Metaphor and Religion in Ancient Rome

Theorizing Religion in Antiquity - Nickolas P. Roubekas

Spencer E. Cole [+-]
University of Minnesota
Spencer Cole is Associate Professor of Classics at the University of Minnesota, USA. His publications include Cicero and the Rise of Deification at Rome (Cambridge University Press, 2013) and articles on Roman religion in the republican and imperial periods, Augustan poetry, and Greek drama. He is also a contributor to The Routledge Dictionary of Ancient Mediterranean Religions.

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This paper employs contemporary metaphor theory to unpack and analyze structural principles that configure ancient Roman religious discourses. Attuned to the cognitive dimensions of metaphor, it explores how metaphorical framings normalized new ideas and arrangements in phases of religious reordering at Rome. It focuses on cognitive "cross-domain mapping" in two case studies: the naturalization of new divinities at Rome and the formation of novel concepts of death and afterlife.

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Cole, Spencer. 11. Metaphor and Religion in Ancient Rome. Theorizing Religion in Antiquity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 221-242 May 2019. ISBN 9781781793572. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=27971. Date accessed: 25 Jun 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27971. May 2019

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