Sensual Religion - Religion and the Five Senses - Graham Harvey

Sensual Religion - Religion and the Five Senses - Graham Harvey

9. The Texture of the Gift: Religious Touching in the Greco-Roman World

Sensual Religion - Religion and the Five Senses - Graham Harvey

Jessica Hughes [+-]
The Open University
Jessica Hughes is a Lecturer in Classical Studies at The Open University. She works on material religion, classical reception studies and the cultural history of the Italian region of Campania. She has recently published the monograph Votive Body Parts in Greek and Roman Religion (Cambridge University Press, 2017) and is currently researching material religion and cultural memory at the Catholic Shrine of the Blessed Virgin of the Rosary in Pompeii.

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What did ancient religion feel like? This chapter 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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Hughes, Jessica . 9. The Texture of the Gift: Religious Touching in the Greco-Roman World. Sensual Religion - Religion and the Five Senses. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. p. 191-214 Sep 2018. ISBN 9781781794159. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=34246. Date accessed: 23 Jul 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.34246. Sep 2018

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