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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.

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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.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 Jessica Hughes
ISSN: 2057-5823
Keywords: Touch; Greece; Rome; Healing; Punishment; Votives; Material Religion
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities > Classical Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Arts and Humanities
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 56809
Depositing User: Jessica Hughes
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 15:51
Last Modified: 06 Aug 2019 08:53
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/56809
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