Response: Materializing the Study of Late Antique Pilgrimage
Abstract:In this critical response to the articles published in the current volume, the author underscores the value of studying the landscapes and artifacts of pil- grimage in terms of their active roles in inflecting religious experience and negotiating social relationships. The essay showcases the statues, buildings and other physical elements at the shrine of Meryemana, Ephesus to intro- duce methodological issues central to the study of both contemporary and historical material culture of pilgrimage. The author then examines ways in which the contextualization of the archaeological evidence presented in this volume offers insight into material culture's role in central shaping religious experience, identities and relationships.
Document Type: Research Article
Publication date: 2012-12-01
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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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