An Interdisciplinary Conference Sponsored by the
Society for Ancient Mediterranean Religions
Emory University, March 22-24th, 2013

Ritual implements, votive gifts, cult statues, magical gems, and the like, have frequently been the object of ancient textual reflection as well as modern archaeological and art historical investigation. But these items have not always been sufficiently investigated in their context, for what they can tell us about ancient religious practice. This conference invites papers which engage with this question in one of two ways:

1) historically, how did the ancient people we study use objects to mediate between the human and the divine?
2) methodologically, how are scholars to use these objects – either as represented in texts or recovered from sites – as means to investigating the cultural and historical realities of ancient religion?

The historical framework of the investigation is the ancient Mediterranean, open to periods from prehistoric through early Byzantine.


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