Pilgrimage and Economy in the Ancient Mediterranean

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In Pilgrimage and Economy in the Ancient Mediterranean, Anna Collar and Troels Myrup Kristensen bring together diverse scholarship to explore the socioeconomic dynamics of ancient Mediterranean pilgrimage from archaic Greece to Late Antiquity, the Greek mainland to Egypt and the Near East. This broad chronological and geographical canvas demonstrates how our modern concepts of religion and economy were entangled in the ancient world. By taking material culture as a starting point, the volume examines the ways that landscapes, architecture, and objects shaped the pilgrim’s experiences, and the manifold ways in which economy, belief and ritual behaviour intertwined, specifically through the processes and practices that were part of ancient Mediterranean pilgrimage over the course of more than 1,500 years.

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Anna Collar (Ph.D. Exeter 2009), is Lecturer in Roman Archaeology at the University of Southampton, UK. She has published on topics relating to Roman cults, landscapes and network analysis in archaeology, including Religious Networks in the Roman Empire (CUP 2013).

Troels Myrup Kristensen (Ph.D. Aarhus 2009), is Associate Professor of Classical Archaeology at Aarhus University, Denmark. His research interests are ancient Mediterranean pilgrimage, visual culture and contemporary engagements with classical heritage.

Contributors are: Anna Collar, Marlena Whiting, Hélène Aurigny, Marietta Horster, Robin Jensen, Fred S. Naiden, Esther Eidinow, Troels Myrup Kristensen, Louise Blanke, Max Ritter, Barbara Kowalzig, Dan-el Padilla Peralta.
Academics, postgraduate and undergraduate students and all interested in the material culture of pilgrimage, economy and religious experience in the Ancient Mediterranean and early Christian worlds.