inspires him to take on challenges he would otherwise not dare.
For Nonnus, harmony seems to be a feature of every single entity in the κόσμος. It is vital for the life of every individual, it is essential for the lasting union of a couple, and it is indispensable for a peaceful living together in
Domitian. 69 This Jewish author living in Rome justifies Tiberius’ repression of the Egyptian cults 70 by means of the scandalous story of Paulina, a high-ranking Roman matron, said to have been sexually abused in the temple of Isis by the equestrian Decius Mundus, thanks to the audacious complicity of
—the central goal of his spiritual life and thought—corresponds far too closely to that found in Platonizing Sethian tractates to have developed independently, and that the essential features of his mystical doctrine are foreshadowed in a wide variety of Gnostic thought. We are therefore ineluctably drawn
remarkable emperor, for the Temple Mount remains to this day one of the most contested spots on earth. If the Temple had been rebuilt, its cult restored, and if Jews had returned to Jerusalem in strength sufficient to make them a major third player in the life of the Holy Land, then the long and tumultuous
Sinai Peninsula (to which I will return in greater detail). To do this I will employ the heuristic aid of the ‘braided network’, offered as an alternative to the concept of ‘embeddedness’ as a way of describing the interactions between politically, economically, and religiously motivated travel. 2
festival, just as sailors long for land. Then, when it arrives, every man rushes to spend, both the one who has a lot of money and the one who, living frugally, has amassed some silver. One man washes his clothes, while another borrows some. (4) And for those who practice farming, everything that the
conducive to prosocial and cooperative behaviour will have clicked into place.
What if this individual happened to have travelled to Delos with the intention of pursuing commercial activity? On the assumption that this person had been socialised into thinking that statues embodied aliving god, or even
might conform to some of the conventional topoi of philosophical paideia in late antiquity, 33 the account of his pre-Ammonian depression and restless seeking does not sound like the story of a man who already in his youth was attaining regular union with the One and thus living the “life of the
purpose association had been involved at some stage. The grant to Egyptians should have been quite recent in living memory and perhaps extraordinary, so it could hardly antedate the 350s. Unfortunately, no documents survive about the day-to-day running of the sanctuary.
We have to wait almost a century
Itonia may likewise have motivated Pyrrhos of Epeiros to dedicate with an inscribed epigram the captured shields of Antigonos’ Gallic auxiliaries in a sanctuary of Athena Itonia after his reduction of upper Macedonia and Thessaly in 275 BC . 81
Moving from literary testimonia of dedications to actual