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This volume assembles approaches to rituals in several cultures of the Ancient Mediterranean (Egyptian, Punic, Greek, Italian, Roman) from the second millennium BCE to Late Antiquity. 'Ritual dynamics' is the common theme of the fourteen chapters.
Rituals are understood as complex socio-cultural constructs that are connected with tensions: tensions within the cult community; tensions between norm and performance, expectation and reality, traditional significance and re-interpretation, stereotype and variability. Exploiting a variety of sources (literary sources, inscriptions, iconography), the authors approach the questions of how such tensions influence the performance and impact of rituals, how they generate change, how ritual agency is connected with gender and social standing, how rituals trigger particular emotions and create emotional communities, and how the literary and visual representations of rituals reflect their cultural relevance.
"...this monograph can be highly recommended to everybody who works on the history of ancient (and modern) religion."
Alexey V. Belousov, Ancient West & East 14, 2015
Dieser Band wurde außerdem rezensiert von:
Mary B. Hollinshead, American Journal of Archaeology 117, 2013/3
Aurian Delli Pizzi, Kernos 25, 2012