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The Material Culture of Roman and Early Christian Pilgrimage: an Introduction

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Abstract:

This contribution introduces the main topics of this special issue of HEROM dedicated to the "The Material Culture of Roman and Early Christian Pilgrimage". It furthermore discusses the use of the term "pilgrimage" to describe pre-Christian sacred travel and suggests some potential ways for- ward in approaching a Christian pilgrimage site, such as Aya Tekla (Cilicia, Turkey), from the perspective of material culture.

Keywords: EARLY CHRISTIANITY; ECONOMY; MATERIAL CULTURE; PILGRIMAGE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11116/HEROM.1.3

Publication date: December 1, 2012

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  • HEROM is an annual online journal presenting innovative contributions tothe study of material culture produced, exchanged, and consumed within the spheres of the Hellenistic kingdoms and the Roman world. The journal publishes papers in the full range of the scholarly field and in all relevant academic disciplines within the arts, humanities, social sciences and environmental sciences. herom creates a bridge between material culture specialists and the wider scientific community, with an interest in how humans interacted with and regarded artefacts from the late 4th century bc to the 7th century ad.

    The journal seeks to provide more visibility for studies of material culture in many ways which are not necessarily covered by existing scholarly journals or conference proceedings. herom studies material culture in its totality, with a view to clarifying the complex wider implications of such evidence for understanding a host of issues concerning the economy, society, daily life, politics, religion, history of the ancient world, among other aspects.
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