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Turcan, Robert 1929-

Works: 223 works in 810 publications in 10 languages and 7,828 library holdings
Genres: History  Church history  Conference papers and proceedings  Biographies  Catalogs  Sources  Academic theses  Art  Pictorial works 
Roles: Author, Editor, Honoree, Thesis advisor, Author of introduction, Translator, Other, Creator, tra, Publishing director
Classifications: BL805, 292.9
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Most widely held works by Robert Turcan
The cults of the Roman Empire by Robert Turcan( Book )

63 editions published between 1989 and 2008 in 4 languages and held by 1,142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

About the multiplicity of gods and religions that characterized the Roman world before Constantine. It was not the noble gods such as Jove, Apollo and Diana, who were crucial to the lives of the common people in the empire, bur gods of an altogether more earthly, earth level, whose rituals and observances may now seem bizarre
The Gods of ancient Rome : religion in everyday life from archaic to imperial times by Robert Turcan( Book )

36 editions published between 1998 and 2013 in 4 languages and held by 1,075 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This is a vivid account of what their gods meant to the Romans from archaic times to late antiquity, and an exploration of the rites and rituals connected with them. After an extensive introduction into the nature of classical religion, the book is divided into three main parts: religions of the family and land; religions of the city; and religions of the empire. The book ends with the rise and impact of Christianity." "For the Romans, as the author shows, religion was less a question of belief than a form of insurance. The gods were valued according to the degree of protection they afforded against natural hazards and occult powers. They were a crucial source of tactical information in time of war and their approval was vital to the success of agriculture, marriage and childbirth. Appeasing the gods and enlisting their help involved ritual and sacrifice which required the arcane knowledge of the priesthood. Because there were so many gods, it might be hard to know which one to invoke and perilous to get it wrong. There was nothing more complicated than a Roman sacrifice or more precise than the preparation of the meal offered to the god. The slightist infringement of the priestly recipe would spoil the feast and might jeopardize the affairs of Rome itself." "Robert Turcan shows that Roman attitudes towards the gods continued to be pragmatic and opportunistic throughout the millennium covered by the book. Useful gods discovered among conquered peoples of the Empire were adopted without rejecting any from the old pantheon. Traditional worship remained strong long after the emperors converted to Christianity, and many of the early Roman Christians maintained a tactful respect for older deities." "Up-to-date in its archaeological and epigraphic evidence, and drawing extensively on a wide range of relevant literary material, this book is ideally suited for undergraduate courses in the history of Rome and its religions. Its urbane style and lightly worn scholarship will broaden its appeal to the large number of non-academic readers with a serious interest in the classical world."--Jacket
L'erreur des religions païennes by Julius Firmicus Maternus( Book )

35 editions published between 1982 and 2002 in 3 languages and held by 372 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les religions de l'Asie dans la vallée du Rhône by Robert Turcan( Book )

20 editions published in 1972 in French and Undetermined and held by 363 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Einzelfund - Stadt/Vicus/Oppidum - Grab/Gräberfeld
Mithras Platonicus : recherches sur l'hellénisation philosophique de Mithra by Robert Turcan( Book )

19 editions published in 1975 in 5 languages and held by 360 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Mithra et le mithriacisme by Robert Turcan( Book )

40 editions published between 1981 and 2017 in 3 languages and held by 358 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dans le monde gréco-romain, Mithra n'est pas un dieu parmi les autres, ni comme les autres. Venu d'ailleurs avec un lointain héritage indo-européen, il n'est pas lié à tel ou tel sanctuaire topique. On l'honore partout où un groupe de fidèles renouvelle en son nom le repas jadis partagé avec le Soleil sur la peau du taureau mis à mort pour abreuver la création : un culte à fortes connotations cosmiques et que différencient le rituel très particulier de ses initiations en même temps qu'une doctrine vitaliste du sacrifice et du salut
Les Sarcophages romains à représentations dionysiaques, essai de chronologie et d'histoire religieuse by Robert Turcan( Book )

33 editions published in 1966 in French and English and held by 294 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Numismatique romaine du culte métroaque by Robert Turcan( Book )

16 editions published in 1983 in French and held by 260 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Sénèque et les religions orientales by Robert Turcan( Book )

14 editions published in 1967 in French and held by 253 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vivre à la cour des Césars d'Auguste à Dioclétien, Ier-IIIe siècles ap. J.-C. by Robert Turcan( Book )

19 editions published between 1987 and 2017 in French and Italian and held by 251 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Religion romaine by Robert Turcan( Book )

12 editions published between 1987 and 1988 in 3 languages and held by 216 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Les Martyrs de Lyon (177) by Centre national de la recherche scientifique (France)( Book )

13 editions published in 1978 in French and Miscellaneous languages and held by 180 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Héliogabale et le sacre du soleil by Robert Turcan( Book )

19 editions published between 1983 and 1997 in French and Italian and held by 173 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le règne éphémère d'un empereur-prêtre qui alimenta la chronique scandaleuse de l'historiographie romaine
Imago antiquitatis religions et iconographie du monde romain : mélanges offerts à Robert Turcan( Book )

9 editions published in 1999 in 4 languages and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'art romain dans l'histoire : six siècles d'expressions de la romanité by Robert Turcan( Book )

10 editions published between 1995 and 2002 in French and held by 156 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

L'âme romaine s'est forgée dans l'épreuve des siècles, et l'art romain n'a pas évolué comme un phénomène autonome. Il s'est élaboré et défini dans l'histoire, pour afficher finalement les valeurs d'une romanité intégrant les dieux et l'imaginaire des vaincus. En devenir durant quelque six cents ans de guerres et de conquêtes, d'actions et de passions, de rêves et de splendeurs, cet art est l'expression d'une grande aventure qui n'a pas cessé de nous hanter au seuil du XXIe siècle
Histoire Auguste( Book )

19 editions published between 1992 and 2002 in French and Latin and held by 142 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Constantin en son temps : le baptême ou la pourpre? by Robert Turcan( Book )

10 editions published in 2006 in French and held by 125 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Portrait de l'empereur qui a fondé Constantinople et qui se fit baptiser juste avant sa mort après avoir quitté la pourpre du manteau impérial
Liturgies de l'initiation bacchique à l'époque romaine : (Liber) : documentation littéraire, inscrite et figurée by Robert Turcan( Book )

21 editions published between 2001 and 2004 in French and Spanish and held by 123 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Messages d'outre-tombe l'iconographie des sarcophages romains by Robert Turcan( Book )

14 editions published between 1999 and 2000 in French and held by 111 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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The cults of the Roman Empire
The Gods of ancient Rome : religion in everyday life from archaic to imperial timesReligion romaine
Alternative Names
Robert Turcan Frans kunsthistoricus

Robert Turcan französischer Archäologe

Robert Turcan French art historian and archaeologist

Turcan, R.

Turcan, R. 1929-

Turcan, R. (Robert), 1929-

Turcan, Robert

Turcan, Robert-Alain.