Medieval Pilgrimage to Corinth and Southern Greece

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Christian pilgrimage to Corinth and other sites in modern southern Greece has antecedents in the Late Antique and Byzantine pilgrims of medieval textual and archaeological sources. Though southern Greece gave the early church few prominent saints, the Corinthian martyrs Leonidas and Quadratus each drew pilgrims from outside the Peloponnese. Corinth and Athens also attracted attention among travellers as cities on Saint Paul's itinerary, while Patras claimed the relics of Saint Andrew. Though southern Greece could never compete with the Holy Land or Constantinople as a pilgrimage des- tination, the residents of Corinth and other cities in southern Greece did successfully construct both churches and stories in order to attract Christian travellers throughout the early middle ages. The archaeological evidence for their efforts sheds new light on the phenomenon of Christian pilgrimage to Late Antique and early Medieval Greece.

Keywords: CHRISTIANITY; CORINTH (GREECE); GREEK HISTORY; HISTORY OF TRAVEL; LATE ANTIQUITY; PILGRIMAGE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.11116/HEROM.1.8

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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