When lived ancient religion and lived ancient medicine meet: the household Gods, the household shrine and regimen

Draycott, J. (2017) When lived ancient religion and lived ancient medicine meet: the household Gods, the household shrine and regimen. Religion in the Roman Empire, 3(2), pp. 164-180. (doi:10.1628/219944617X15008820103351)

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Abstract

This paper argues that there was a strong connection between Roman domestic religious belief and practice and Roman domestic medical practice through the association of the household gods with the household’s health and well-being. It examines six examples of household shrines from Pompeii and the surrounding area to explore how specific non-elite households utilised their personal private religious beliefs and practices in the service of maintaining the health and well-being of their members. These six household shrines take the form of paintings that depict the household gods in conjunction with specific types of foodstuffs, and these foodstuffs are ones which played an important role in Roman regimen.

Item Type:Articles
Status:Published
Refereed:Yes
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Draycott, Jane
Authors: Draycott, J.
College/School:College of Arts > School of Humanities > Classics
Journal Name:Religion in the Roman Empire
Publisher:Mohr Siebeck GmbH & Co. KG
ISSN:2199-4463
ISSN (Online):2199-4471
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2017 Mohr Siebeck
First Published:First published in Religion in the Roman Empire 3(2): 164-180
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the publisher copyright policy

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