1. Introduction: pietas Romana -- 2. Religions of the family and the land (Daily rituals ; From the cradle to the grave ; Special rites, duties and solemn occasions ; Gentilitial or 'clan' cults) -- 3. Religions of the city (Organisation of the priesthood ; Periodic rituals ; Rituals for special occasions) -- 4. Religions of the Empire (Foreign cults ; The Imperial cult ; The occult, necromancy and strange devotions) -- Conclusion: The impact of Christianity.
"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. Book jacket."--Jacket.