ARCHAIC ROMAN RELIGION Georges Dumezil 1st/1st 2 Vol. Box Set 1970 REVIEW COPY
Archaic Roman Religion by Georges Dumezil — First Edition First Printing, 2-Volume Box Set, 1970 REVIEW COPY — Very Scarce
Publisher: University of Chicago Press, Chicago (1970)
Very scarce and wonderful review copy, two-volume box set of "Archaic Roman Religion" by Georges Dumezil in excellent overall condition. A famous and thorough work examining the formation of archaic Roman religions, and scarce with its intact box set and including a review copy. Review copy slip from the University of Chicago Press included. Both volumes' boards and bindings are clean, crisp, solid and tight. The pages are crisp and clean and do not seem to have been read. The slipcover / box is strong and sturdy with only very slight wear.
REVIEW: By exhaustive study of texts, inscriptions, and archaeology of Roman sacred places, Dumezil traces the formation of archaic religion from Indo-European sources through the development of the rites and beliefs of the Roman republic. He describes a religion that was not only influenced by the other religions with which it came into contact, but influenced them as well, in mutual efforts to distinguish one nation from another. Even so, certain continuities were sustained in order to achieve a religion that crossed generations and ways of life. The worship of certain gods became the special concerns of certain parts of society, all of which needed attention to assure Rome's success in war, civil administration, and the production of food and goods. -Amazon