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    Slave Religiosity in the Roman Middle Republic.Dan-el Padilla Peralta - 2017 - Classical Antiquity 36 (2):317-369.
    This article proposes a new interpretation of slave religious experience in mid-republican Rome. Select passages from Plautine comedy and Cato the Elder's De agri cultura are paired with material culture as well as comparative evidence—mostly from studies of Black Atlantic slave religions—to reconstruct select aspects of a specific and distinctive slave “religiosity” in the era of large-scale enslavements. I work towards this reconstruction first by considering the subordination of slaves as religious agents before turning to slaves’ practice of certain forms (...)
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    Hammer Time: The Publicii Malleoli Between Cult and Cultural History.Dan-el Padilla Peralta - 2018 - Classical Antiquity 37 (2):267-320.
    This article studies the adoption of the nickname Malleolus by members of the gens Publicia in mid-republican Rome to illustrate the importance of grounding cultural history in the lives of seemingly minor political players and the mundane objects with which they came to be associated. After reviewing the occupational significance of hammers during the First Punic War, I scrutinize the ritual and cultic intersignifications of hammers in fourth- and third-century BCE central Italy in order to set up a comprehensive reconstruction (...)
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    From Jupiter to Christ: On the History of Religion in the Roman Imperial World by Jörg Rüpke.Dan-El Padilla Peralta - 2016 - Classical World: A Quarterly Journal on Antiquity 109 (2):278-279.