A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World)

Jörg Rüpke

Language: English

Pages: 520

ISBN: 1444350005

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

A Companion to the Archaeology of Religion in the Ancient World presents a comprehensive overview of a wide range of topics relating to the practices, expressions, and interactions of religion in antiquity, primarily in the Greco-Roman world.

• Features readings that focus on religious experience and expression in the ancient world rather than solely on religious belief

• Places a strong emphasis on domestic and individual religious practice

• Represents the first time that the concept of “lived religion” is applied to the ancient history of religion and archaeology of religion

• Includes cutting-edge data taken from top contemporary researchers and theorists in the field

• Examines a large variety of themes and religious traditions across a wide geographical area and chronological span

• Written to appeal equally to archaeologists and historians of religion




















houses. The hearth was an ancient locus of ritual activity, and in Bronze Age houses the great central hearth may have served as one of the principal loci of religious activity. By the Greco-Roman period, the importance of the hearth is above all antiquarian, a memory of ancestral practice and of deities associated with an ancient past. Hestia, for instance, is the Greek goddess of the hearth and household, and is credited with having invented houses! The Lares, Roman gods of hearth and home,

which a local family gave their interpretation of how imperial cult worship was to be understood and expressed (Smith 1987, 1988, 1990) in a part of the Roman Empire which had a very different tradition of how to integrate ruler worship into the urban landscape. With several rows of reliefs showing, among other things, emperors and their families as well as personifications of the Roman provinces, a strong tie to the center of political power, Rome, was being spun in a local context by a local

that through various architectural differences we might be able to trace a variety of ways to stage religious experiences. Hesberg’s chapter on temple interiors through case studies underlines the impact which these spaces had on the viewers, the participants and the performers of the cult. Through a number of case studies spanning both Greece and Italy and beyond as well as the period between the eighth century BCE and Late Antiquity, Hesberg argues that Greek and Roman cult images acquired

similar approach for other sets of category memberships, see Conlin Casella and Fowler (2005). References Berthier, André. 1942. Vestiges du Christianisme antique dans la Numidie centrale. Algiers.Bodel, John 2008. “From Columbaria to Catacombs: Collective Burial in Pagan and Christian Rome.” In Laurie Brink and Deborah Green (eds.), Commemorating the Dead: Texts and Artifacts in Context, Studies of Roman, Jewish and Christian Burials. Berlin. 177–242.Bowes, Kim. 2008. “Early Christian

Goddesses, Whores, Wives, and Slaves: Women in Classical Antiquity. New York.Reeder, Ellen D. (ed.) 1995. Pandora: Women in Classical Greece. Baltimore.Richlin, Amy. 1997. “Carrying Water in a Sieve: Class and the Body in Roman Women’s Religion.” In Karen L. King (ed.), Women and Goddess Traditions: In Antiquity and Today. Minneapolis. 330–74.Roller, Lynn E. 1997. “The Ideology of the Eunuch Priest.” Gender and History 9: 542–59.Roscoe, Will. 1996. “Priests of the Goddess: Gender Transgression in

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