The stuff of the gods







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The stuff of the gods – The material aspects of religion in ancient Greece

Matthew Haysom, Maria Mili, Jenny Wallensten
Serie ActaAth-4°, 59

Köp 636 kr

  • Publicerad 2024
  • Isbn 9789179160685
  • Typ Inbunden
  • 248 sidor
  • ActaAth-4°, 59
  • Engelska

The “material turn” in the humanities and social sciences has brought about an expanded understanding of the material dimension of all cultural and social phenomena. In the Classics it has resulted in the breaking down of boundaries within the discipline and a growing interest in materiality within literature. In the study of religion cross-culturally new perspectives are emphasising religion as a material phenomenon and belief as a practice founded in the material world. This volume brings together experts in all aspects of Greek religion to consider its material dimensions. Chapters cover both themes traditionally approached by archaeologists, such as dedications and sacred space, and themes traditionally approached by philologists, such as the role of objects in divine power. They include a wide variety of themes ranging from the imminent material experience of religion for ancient Greek worshippers to the role of material culture in change and continuity over the long term.


Matthew Haysom, Maria Mili & Jenny Wallensten, ‘Introduction’, 7–14

Robin Osborne, ‘Stuff and godsense’, 15–24

Maria Mili, ‘Why did the Greek gods need objects?’, 25–34

Cécile Durvye, ‘Of things and men in the sanctuary of Aphrodite (Delos). Does the content of a sanctuary define the personality of the god?’, 35–45

Hedvig von Ehrenheim, ‘Incubation rituals. Creating a locality for the divine?’, 47–55

Petra Pakkanen, ‘Movable sacrality. Considerations on oscillating sacredness of material objects relating Greek sanctuaries’, 57–68

Gunnel Ekroth, ‘A room of one’s own? Exploring the temenos concept as divine property’, 69–82

Tyler Jo Smith, ‘Resistant, willing, and controlled. Sacrificial animals as “things” on Greek vases’, 83–95

Jenny Wallensten, ‘Decisive dedications. Dedications outside of sanctuary contexts’, 97–109

Caitlín E. Barrett, ‘The affordances of terracotta figurines in domestic contexts. Reconsidering the gap between material and ritual’, 111–132

Matthew Haysom, ‘Investigating the instability of religious material culture in Greek prehistory. The case of “bench shrines”’, 133–148

Catherine Morgan, ‘Adding buildings to Early Iron Age sanctuaries. The materiality of built space’, 149–166

Charlotte R. Potts, ‘An external view. Architecture and ritual in central Italy’, 167–180

Gina Salapata, ‘Ambiguity versus specificity in modest votive offerings’, 181–191

James Whitley, ‘Writing to the gods? Archaic votives, inscribed and uninscribed’, 193–213

Nassos Papalexandrou, ‘The asethetics of rare experiences in early Greek sanctuaries’, 215–223

Troels Myrup Kristensen, ‘Dephi and the omphalos. Materiality, replication and the mythistory of the Sanctuary of Apollo’, 225–234

Caroline Vout, ‘The stuff of crowded sanctuaries’, 235–246

‘Index’, 247–248