Jörg Rüpke on “Holidays as Divine Property”

Jörg Rüpke has just published an article on Roman holidays with our colleagues at the SFB “Strukturwandel des Eigentums/ Structural Changes of Property”. Rüpke – who is a spokesperson of the KFG “Religion and Urbanity” and director of the Max-Weber-Kolleg in Erfurt – begins with the observation that

In many of the more than fifty copies of the Roman calendar known from antiquity, the dates marked NP carried the explanation feriae. The Romans regarded each of these days as intensively related to a single deity. Almost always, therefore, the qualification as a holiday, feriae (the German word Ferien derives from this), was combined with a genitive typically used to declare a possessive relationship. These were the feriae of the gods Jupiter (13 January), Mars (1, 14, 17, 19 and 23 March), Ceres (21 April), and others. Just as deities—the specific focus of our project within the framework of the SFB Structural Change of Property—could be intensively—and in a way that excluded other humans’ (or divinities’) ownership—related to a piece of land, just as they could become occupants of land, typically being materialized by altars without or temples with statues, they could also become subjects with a prerogative over time. 

Jörg Rüpke, Holidays as divine property (27.11.2023), SFB Strukturwandes des Eigentums Blog

You can access the full text below or via https://sfb294-eigentum.de/de/blog/


Cover image: Bauglir, CC BY-SA 4.0 https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0, via Wikimedia Commons



Cite this blog post
urbrel (2023, December 8). Jörg Rüpke on “Holidays as Divine Property” Religion and Urbanity: Reciprocal Formations. Retrieved May 29, 2024, from https://doi.org/10.58079/v3gz

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