The texture of the gift: religious touching in the Greco-Roman world

Hughes, Jessica (2018). The texture of the gift: religious touching in the Greco-Roman world. Body and Religion, 2(1) pp. 88–112.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1558/bar.36486

URL: https://journals.equinoxpub.com/index.php/BAR/arti...

Abstract

What did ancient religion feel like? This article explores different elements of tactile experience in Greco-Roman sanctuaries, focusing on a group of ‘confession stelai’ from Roman Asia Minor. Themes explored include the transgressive touching of ancient sacred objects by mortals, and the punitive touching of mortal bodies by the Greco-Roman gods.

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