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

Paperback | January 21, 2008

EditorJas Elsner, Ian Rutherford

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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 factorin understanding ancient religion and its topographies but also as vitally ancestral to later Christian practice.

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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 factorin understanding ancient religion and its top...

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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Format:PaperbackDimensions:532 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.18 inPublished:January 21, 2008Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Introduction1. Barbara Kowalzig: Mapping out Communitas: Performances of Theoria in their Sacred and Political Context2. Fred Naiden: Hiketai and Theoroi at Epidaurus3. Michael Arnush: Pilgrimage to the Oracle of Apollo at Delphi: Patterns of Public and Private Consultation4. Scott Scullion: Pilgrimage and Greek Religion: Sacred and Secular in the Pagan Polis5. Ian Rutherford: Downstream to the Cat-Goddess: Herodotus on Egyptian Pilgrimage6. Andrea Wilson-Nightingale: The Philosopher at the Festival: Plato's Transformation of Traditional Theoria7. Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis: The Body in Space: Visual Dynamics in Graeco-Roman Healing Pilgrimage8. George Williamson: Mucianus and a Touch of the Miraculous: Pilgrimage and Tourism in Roman Asia Minor9. Marco Galli: Pilgrimage as Elite Habitus: Educated Pilgrims in Sacred Landscape during the Second Sophistic10. William Hutton: The Construction of Religious Space in Pausanias11. Andrew Fear: A Journey to the End of the World12. J. L. Lightfoot: Pilgrims and Ethnographers: In Search of the Syrian Goddess13. Sarolta A. Takacs: Divine and Human Feet: Records of Pilgrims Honouring Isis14. David Noy: Rabbi Aqiba Comes to Rome: A Jewish Pilgrimage in Reverse15. Wendy Pullan: `Interningled until the end of time': Ambiguity as a Central Condition of Early Christian Pilgrimage16. Jas' Elsner: Piety and Passion: Contest and Consensus in Audiences for Early Christian Pilgrimage17. David Frankfurter: Urban Shrine and Rural Saint in Fifth-Century Alexandria