Religious Convergence in the Ancient Mediterranean

Edited by Sandra Blakely and Billie Jean Collins

 

This volume brings together scholars in religion, archaeology, philology, and history to explore case studies and theoretical models of converging religions. The twenty-four essays offered in this volume, which derive from Hittite, Cilician, Lydian, Phoenician, Greek, and Roman cultural settings, focus on encounters at the boundaries of cultures, landscapes, chronologies, social class and status, the imaginary, and the materially operative. Broad patterns ultimately emerge that reach across these boundaries, and suggest the state of the question on the study of convergence, and the potential fruitfulness for comparative and interdisciplinary studies as models continue to evolve. 

Religious Convergence in the Ancient Mediterranean

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    600 pages

    6 x 9 inches

    978-1-948488-16-7 (paper)

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    November 2019

  • Table of Contents

    Abbreviations

    Contributors

    Introduction Sandra Blakely

     

    Section 1. Site

     

    1 Guardian Goddess of the Surf-Beaten Shore: The Influence of 
Mariners on Sanctuaries of Aphrodite in Magna Graecia Amelia R. Brown and Rebecca Smith

    2 Lilibeo e i suoi culti: Nuovi esempi dalla ricerca archeologica Rossella Giglio

    3 Large Temples as Cultural Banners in Western Sicily Margaret M. Miles

    4 Close Encounters on Sicily: Molech, Meilichios, and Religious Convergence at Selinus Sarah Morris

    5 The Temple of Astarte “Aglaia” at Motya and Its Cultural Significance in the Mediterranean Realm Lorenzo Nigro

    6 Venere del Mare: Testimonianze del culto nel trapanese Francesca Oliveri

     

    Section 2. Text

     

    7 Hittite Prayers and Their Mesopotamian Models Elisabeth Rieken

    8 Mythological Passages in Hittite Rituals Susanne Görke

    9 Religious Convergence in Hittite Anatolia: The Case of Kizzuwatna Amir Gilan

    10 The Arzawa Rituals and Religious Production in Hattusa Billie Jean Collins

    11 Survival of “Popular” Mythology: From Hittite Mountain Man to Phrygian Mountain Mother Mary R. Bachvarova

    12 Native Religious Traditions from a Lydian Perspective Annick Payne

     

    Section 3. Object

     

    13 Funerary Practices and Rituals on Sicily from the Neolithic to the Bronze Age (Sixth through Second Millennia BCE) 
Sebastiano Tusa

    14 The Convergence of Guardian Statues in the Ancient World: Top-Down or Bottom-Up? 
Christopher Athanasious Faraone

    15 Across Traditions and beyond Boundaries: The Masks of Carthage Adriano Orsingher

    16 Greek Coins, Punic People: An Iconographic Analysis of the Punic Coinage of Sicily José Miguel Puebla Morón

    17 Ritual Practices, Food Offerings, and Animal Sacrifices: Votive Deposits in the Temple of the Kothon (Motya) Federica Spagnoli

    18 Romantic Receptions, or, The Aeginetan Sculptures’ Long March to Munich Louis A. Ruprecht Jr.

     

    Section 4. Action

     

    19 From Zalpuwa to Brauron: Hittite-Greek Religious Convergence on the Black Sea Ian Rutherford

    20 The Politics of Ritual Performance at Assyrian-Period Sam’al: Local and Imperial Identity in the Katumuwa Mortuary Stele from Zincirli Virginia R. Herrmann

    21 The Tonaia and Samian Identity Aaron Beck-Schachter

    22 Sparta and Persia: Rituals for Invading the Land of the Gods of Others Irene Polinskaya

    23 Using Your Head: Reading a “Local Style” Adapted for Foreign Ritual Kevin Dicus

    24 Roman Empire and Roman Emperor: Animal Sacrifice as an Instrument of Religious Convergence J. B. Rives

     

    Subject Index

    Ancient Sources Index

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