Religion in Ephesos Reconsidered

Archaeology of Spaces, Structures, and Objects


Religion in Ephesos Reconsidered provides a detailed overview of the current state of research on the most important Ephesian projects offering evidence for religious activity during the Roman period. Ranging from huge temple complexes to hand-held figurines, this book surveys a broad scope of materials. Careful reading of texts and inscriptions is combined with cutting-edge archaeological and architectural analysis to illustrate how the ancient people of Ephesos worshipped both the traditional deities and the new gods that came into their purview. Overall, the volume questions traditional understandings of material culture in Ephesos, and demonstrates that the views of the city and its inhabitants on religion were more complex and diverse than has been previously assumed.

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Daniel Schowalter, Th.D. (1989), Harvard University Divinity School, is Professor of Classics and Religion at Carthage College. He studies religions of the ancient Mediterranean world and has published volumes of collected essays on Ancient Corinth and Omrit in northern Israel.

Sabine Ladstätter, Ph.D. (1997), University of Vienna, is Director of the Austrian Archaeological Institute and the Austrian excavations at Ephesos. She has published widely on the site of Ephesos including monographs, edited volumes, book chapters and journal articles.

Steven Friesen, Ph.D. (1990) Harvard University, is the Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies, Univ. of Texas at Austin. His publications include Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John (OUP, 2001) and Twice Neokoros (Brill, 2003). He researches ancient economic ideas and practices.

Christine M. Thomas , Ph.D. (1995), Harvard University, is Cordano Endowed Chair in Catholic Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her publications include a catalogue of votive steles for the Ankara Museum, and numerous articles on ancient Ephesos.

Contributors are: François Kirbihler, Sabine Ladstätter, Renate Johanna Pillinger, Andreas Pülz, Elisabeth Rathmayr, Thekla Schulz, Alexander Sokolicek, Martin Steskal, Dirk Steuernagel, Christine M. Thomas, Hilke Thür, Lilli Zabrana, Norbert Zimmerman.
"[Der] reich bebilderte Band, [sei] allen, die sich für die religiöse (Um-)Welt der frühen Christinnen und Christen in Ephesos interessieren, nachdrücklich empfohlen." - Klaus-Michael Bull, Rostock, in: TLZ 146 (2021) 9
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PART 1: Structures

1 The So-Called Imperial Cult Temple for Domitian in Ephesos
Sabine Ladstätter

2 The Architecture of the So-Called Serapeion in Ephesos
Thekla Schulz

3 Thekla in the Cave of St. Paul at Ephesos
Renate Johanna Pillinger

4 Selected Evidence of Christian Residents in Late Antique Ephesos
Andreas Pülz

Part 2: Spaces

5 The Upper Agora at Ephesos: an Imperial Forum?
Dirk Steuernagel

6 The Magnesian Gate of Ephesos
Alexander Sokolicek

7 Mortuary Landscape and Group Identity in Roman Ephesos
Martin Steskal

8 Sacred Space for Dionysos in Ephesos and the House of C. Fl. Furius Aptus
Hilke Thür

9 The Artemision in the Roman Era: New Results of Research within the Sanctuary of Artemis
Lilli Zabrana

10 Invisible ‘Christians’ in the Ephesian Landscape: Using Geophysical Surveys to De-Center Paul
Christine M. Thomas

Part 3: Objects

11 Ruler Cults and Imperial Cults at Ephesos: First Century BCE to Third Century CE
François Kirbihler

12 Archaeological Evidence for Private Worship and Domestic Religion in Terrace House 2 at Ephesos
Norbert Zimmermann

13 The Meaning and Use of Terracotta Figurines in the Terrace Houses in Ephesos
Elisabeth Rathmayr

Readers interested in many aspects of Roman and late antique archaeology, architecture and religion, including study of temples, funerary customs, imperial cult, decorative painting, votive figurines, and the New Testament/Early Christianity.
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