ThesCRA is a major multivolume reference on all known aspects of Greek, Etruscan, and Roman cults and rituals encompassing the period from 1000 BC to AD 400.
The eight volumes provide authoritative and in-depth information on ancient cults and rituals. Illustrated articles in English, French, Italian, and German address such topics as processions, sacrifices, libation, dedications, purification, consecration/foundation rites, heroization and apotheosis, banquet, dance, music, rites related to cult images, divination, prayer, asylum, oaths, malediction, profanation, magic, cult places, personnel, and instruments, stages and circumstances of life, work, hunting, travel, festivals and contests, private/public space, polarities in religious life, and religious interrelations between the classical world and neighboring civilizations. The final installment, this thematic index covers the complete set and complements, rather than replaces, the earlier volume of abbreviations and index, which indexes the first five volumes.
ThesCRA was developed by the eminent group of scholars who published LIMC (Lexicon Iconographicum Mythologiae Classicae). Among the many contributors are Sir John Boardman, Walter Burkert, Richard Buxton, Giovannangelo Camporeale, Fritz Graf, Antoine Hermary, Tonio Hölscher, Vassilis Lambrinoudakis, John Scheid, Erika Simon, and Mario Torelli.