Truly Beyond Wonders: Aelius Aristides and the Cult of Asklepios

Hardcover | April 4, 2010

byAlexia Petsalis-Diomidis

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In Truly Beyond Wonders Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis investigates texts and material evidence associated with healing pilgrimage in the Roman empire during the second century AD. Her focus is upon one particular pilgrim, the famous orator Aelius Aristides, whose Sacred Tales, his fascinatingaccount of dream visions, gruelling physical treatments, and sacred journeys, has been largely misunderstood and marginalized. Petsalis-Diomidis rehabilitates this text by placing it within the material context of the sanctuary of Asklepios at Pergamon, where the author spent two years in search ofhealing. The architecture, votive offerings, and ritual rules which governed the behaviour of pilgrims are used to build a picture of the experience of pilgrimage to this sanctuary. Truly Beyond Wonders ranges broadly over discourses of the body and travel and in so doing explores the place ofhealing pilgrimage and religion in Graeco-Roman society and culture. It is generously illustrated with more than 80 drawinsg and photographs, and four colour plates.

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In Truly Beyond Wonders Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis investigates texts and material evidence associated with healing pilgrimage in the Roman empire during the second century AD. Her focus is upon one particular pilgrim, the famous orator Aelius Aristides, whose Sacred Tales, his fascinatingaccount of dream visions, gruelling physical trea...

Alexia Petsalis-Diomidis is Lecturer in Art and Archaeology at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:380 pages, 9.69 × 7.44 × 0.01 inPublished:April 4, 2010Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199561907

ISBN - 13:9780199561902

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Introduction1. Pilgrimage Polemics: `Neos Asklepios Glykon' in Image and Text2. Discourses of the Body and Travel: The Cultural Context of Healing Pilgrimage3. The `Hieroi Logoi' of Aelius Aristides: Aristides before his God in Body and Logos4. Collecting and Displaying Marvels: Paradoxography and the Asklepieion of Pergamon5. Choreography and Commemoration: The Asklepieion of Pergamon