9. The Texture of the Gift: Religious Touching in the Greco-Roman World
Jessica Hughes [+]
The Open University
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.