Graeco-Roman Religion in the Roman Empire: Old Assumptions and New Approaches

@article{Rives2010GraecoRomanRI,
  title={Graeco-Roman Religion in the Roman Empire: Old Assumptions and New Approaches},
  author={James B. Rives},
  journal={Currents in Biblical Research},
  year={2010},
  volume={8},
  pages={240 - 299}
}
  • J. Rives
  • Published 1 February 2010
  • History
  • Currents in Biblical Research
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