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 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.

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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: 25 Jun 2024 doi: 10.1558/equinox.27979. May 2019

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