Travel and Religion in Antiquity

Travel and Religion in Antiquity

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Travel and Religion in Antiquity considers the importance of issues relating to travel for our understanding of religious and cultural life among Jews, Christians, and others in the ancient world, particularly during the Hellenistic and Roman eras. The volume is organized around five overlapping areas where religion and travel intersect: travel related to honouring deities, including travel to festivals, oracles, and healing sanctuaries; travel to communicate the efficacy of a god or the superiority of a way of life, including the diffusion of cults or movements; travel to explore and encounter foreign peoples or cultures, including descriptions of these cultures in ancient ethnographic materials; migration; and travel to engage in an occupation or vocation. With interdisciplinary contributions that cover a range of literary, epigraphic, and archeological materials, the volume sheds light on the importance of movement in connection with religious life among Greeks, Romans, Nabateans, and others, including Judeans and followers of Jesus.This perspective is seen in the following quote from The Odyssey, where we encounter the stock question that was typically ... We get the impressiona€“a€“to use a modern terma€“a€“ of a a€œhigh-maintenancea€ personality, one that needed constant external reassurance and interaction. ... Silvia Montiglio (2005) draws out the significance of this departure or absence for the traveller separated from family and fellowanbsp;...

Title:Travel and Religion in Antiquity
Author:Philip A. Harland
Publisher:Wilfrid Laurier Univ. Press - 2011-03-08


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