16. Local Cult, Transforming Miracles, and Global Discourses: Saint George in Lydda

Levantine Entanglements - Local Dynamics of Globalization in a Contested Region - Terje Stordalen

Christine Amadou [+-]
University of Oslo
Christine Amadou (Dr. art., University of Oslo, 2006) is an historian of ideas and Associate Professor in the Department of Philosophy, Classics, History of Art and Ideas (IFIKK) at the University of Oslo. She has published primarily on late antique Christianity and on subjects from the history of religions and political ideas, particularly those with a gender perspective. Her current research centres on antique reception and different “uses of the past,” as well as on late antique and early Byzantine hagiography.

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This chapter takes the cult of St. George as a case study to approach the entanglements of the local and the global in the premodern Levant. It presents the early traditions and the localization of the cult of St. George, and through miracle accounts and other textual representations from the Early Middle Ages, it explores how the dynamics between local ownership and imperial ideology is present through the history of veneration for St. George. This saint cult’s history is marked by two historical watersheds: The Christianization of the Roman army in the fifth century and the conflicts between Christians and Muslims in the seventh century. St. George is interpreted as a mediator, i.e. a “transforming intercessor” on several levels: between the local and the global, between death and life, and between one place and another. This role is taken to explain the immense popularity of St. George and the spread of his cult.

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Amadou, Christine. 16. Local Cult, Transforming Miracles, and Global Discourses: Saint George in Lydda. Levantine Entanglements - Local Dynamics of Globalization in a Contested Region. Equinox eBooks Publishing, United Kingdom. Jan 2021. ISBN 9781781799123. https://www.equinoxpub.com/home/view-chapter/?id=38453. Date accessed: 25 Aug 2019 doi: 10.1558/equinox.38453. Jan 2021

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