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date: 21 November 2019

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Without inscriptions, the study of religion in the Roman provinces would scarcely exist. Much can be learned from the rich material remains about sanctuaries, iconography, and even cult practices, but apart from a few scattered references in literary sources, we would know almost nothing of the names of the deities worshipped, very little of religious organization and cult personnel, and far less about key issues such as the interaction of local and imperial religious traditions. This chapter also emphasizes a few of the less obvious insights into ancient conceptions of the divine that we can gain from inscriptions.

Keywords: inscriptions, Roman provinces, deities, interpretatio Romana, interpretatio Graeca, worshippers, dedications, religious institutions, imperial cult, pontifices, flamines, flaminicae, “confession texts, ” defixiones, curse tablets, oracles

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