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The Roman World: Marketplace of Religion

Video: The Romans loved Greek civilization and adopted most of it as the defining center of Roman culture. Religiously tolerant the Romans turned their vast empire into a potential marketplace of religion – the growing cities of the new empire featured ethnic diversity and large concentrations of both Greet and Jews. They also featured the emergence of salvation religions which catered to the needs of urban people. Urbanization raised the expectations of people and encouraged them to seek a happy immortality with the gods.

Date: 12/15/1998

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