16. Cognitive Study of (Ancient) Religions
Theorizing Religion in Antiquity - Nickolas P. Roubekas
Leonardo Ambasciano [+]
Leonardo Ambasciano earned his PhD in Historical Studies at the University of Turin, Italy, in 2014 with a cognitive and evolutionary analysis of gender & sexuality in the ancient Roman cult of Bona Dea. In 2016, he was Visiting Lecturer in Religious Studies at Masaryk University, Brno, Czech Republic. He also served as Editorial Assistant and Managing Editor of the Journal of Cognitive Historiography from 2014 to 2021. He is the author of An Unnatural History of Religion (Bloomsbury, 2019).
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.