Theorizing Religion in Antiquity - Nickolas P. Roubekas

Theorizing Religion in Antiquity - Nickolas P. Roubekas

16. Cognitive Study of (Ancient) Religions

Theorizing Religion in Antiquity - Nickolas P. Roubekas

Leonardo Ambasciano [+-]
independent researcher
Leonardo Ambasciano completed his Ph.D. on the cognitive and deep-historical re-evaluation of the ancient Roman cult of Bona Dea at the Department of Historical Studies, Università degli Studi di Torino, Italy. In 2016, he was Visiting Lecturer of Religious Studies at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He is the author of Sciamanesimo senza sciamanesimo. Le radici intellettuali del modello sciamanico di Mircea Eliade: evoluzionismo, psicoanalisi, te(le)ologia (Rome: Nuova Cultura, 2014) and of various articles and book reviews. He is the European editor of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography.


The chapter offers a detailed discussion of the history as well as the latest developments in the field of cognitive study of religion (CSR), and applies the theories and methods of that sub-discipline to the study of ancient religions – with Roman religion acting as a case study.

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Ambasciano, Leonardo. 16. Cognitive Study of (Ancient) Religions. Theorizing Religion in Antiquity. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 327-360 May 2019. ISBN 9781781793572. Date accessed: 21 Oct 2021 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27979. May 2019

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