Gods, Objects, and Ritual Practice


Sandra Blakely (ed)


Conversations about materiality have helped forge a common meeting ground for scholars seeking to integrate images, sites, texts, and implements in their approach to religion in the ancient Mediterranean. The fourteen chapters in this volume explore the productivity of these approaches, with case studies from Israel, Athens, Rome, Sicily, and North Africa . The results foreground the capacity of material approaches to cast lighton the cultural creation of the sacred through the integration of rhetorical,material, and iconographic means. They open more nuanced pathways to theuses   of text in the study of material evidence. They highlight the poten tialf or material objects to bring political and ethnic boundaries into the sacredrealm. And they emphasize the role of ongoing interpretation, debate, andmult iple readings in the creation of the sacred, in both ancient contexts and scholarly discussion.


  • Object, Image, and Text: Materiality and Ritual Practice in the Ancient Mediterranean
    Sandra Blakely
  • Divine Twins or Saintly Twins: The Dioscuri in an Early Christian Context
    Annewies van den Hoeck
  • Altars, Astragaloi, Achilles: Picturing Divination on Athenian Vases
    Sheramy D. Bundrick
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April 16, 2018