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date: 21 November 2019

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While inscriptiones sacrae—mostly dedications to deities or other texts dealing with their cults—traditionally occupy the first section of epigraphic corpora, the other sections also provide much evidence for religious beliefs and practices in the Roman world. Thus dedications to deities, religious calendars, sacred regulations, and curse tablets provide an obvious starting-point for the study of Roman religion. Other inscriptions also enrich our understanding of such topics as cultic personnel, sacrifices, temples, religious festivals, funerary rituals, and concepts of death and the afterlife .

Keywords: inscriptiones sacrae, Rome, Italy, inscriptions, deities, dedications, sacrifices, priests, worshippers, Arval Brethren, Vestal Virgins, temples, cult places, religious associations, religious festivals, oracles, dreams, curse tablets

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