Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian Antiquity: Seeing the Gods

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This book presents a range of case-studies of pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman antiquity, drawing on a wide variety of evidence. It rejects the usual reluctance to accept the category of pilgrimage in pagan polytheism and affirms the significance of sacred mobility not only as an important factor in understanding ancient religion and its topographies but also as vitally ancestral to later Christian practice.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780199250790
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 3/2/2006
  • Pages: 532
  • Product dimensions: 8.60 (w) x 5.80 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Meet the Author

Jas' Elsner is Humfry Payne Senior Research Fellow, Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Ian Rutherford is Professor of Greek, University of Reading.

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Table of Contents

1. Mapping out Communitas: Performances of Theoria in their Sacred and Political Context, Barbara Kowalzig
2. Hiketai and Theoroi at Epidaurus, Fred Naiden
3. Pilgrimage to the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi: Patterns of Public and Private Consultation, Michael Arnush
4. Pilgrimage and Greek Religion: Sacred and Secular in the Pagan Polis, Scott Scullion
5. Downstream to the Cat-Goddess: Herodotus on Egyptian Pilgrimage, Ian Rutherford
6. The Philosopher at the Festival: Plato's Transformation of Traditional Theoria, Andrea Wilson-Nightingale
7. The Body in Space: Visual Dynamics in Graeco-Roman Healing Pilgrimage, Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis
8. Mucianus and a Touch of the Miraculous: Pilgrimage and Tourism in Roman Asia Minor, George Williamson
9. Pilgrimage as Elite Habitus: Educated Pilgrims in Sacred Landscape during the Second Sophistic, Marco Galli
10. The Construction of Religious Space in Pausanias, William Hutton
11. A Journey to the End of the World, Andrew Fear
12. Pilgrims and Ethnographers: In Search of the Syrian Goddess, J. L. Lightfoot
13. Divine and Human Feet: Records of Pilgrims Honouring Isis, Sarolta A. Takacs
14. Rabbi Aqiba Comes to Rome: A Jewish Pilgrimage in Reverse, David Noy
15. 'Interningled until the end of time': Ambiguity as a Central Condition of Early Christian Pilgrimage, Wendy Pullan
16. Piety and Passion: Contest and Consensus in Audiences for Early Christian Pilgrimage, Jas' Elsner
17. Urban Shrine and Rural Saint in Fifth-Century Alexandria, David Frankfurter

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