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A significant other to the Archaeology of faith within the historical World provides a complete assessment of quite a lot of subject matters in relation to the practices, expressions, and interactions of faith in antiquity, basically within the Greco-Roman world.

• gains readings that concentrate on spiritual event and expression within the historic global instead of completely on spiritual belief
• areas a powerful emphasis on family and person spiritual practice
• Represents the 1st time that the idea that of "lived religion" is utilized to the traditional heritage of faith and archaeology of religion
• comprises state-of-the-art facts taken from best modern researchers and theorists within the field
• Examines a wide number of subject matters and non secular traditions throughout a large geographical zone and chronological span
• Written to attraction both to archaeologists and historians of faith

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Cult places, rather than being memorials of tradition, are memorials for the history of the communities and have not been left untouched by great changes within such communities. However, traces of two superimposed cult places do not automatically prove a perfect continuity of cult; we know that tradition is reconstructed and reinvented continuously. To begin with, we must ask about the very nature of the structures which have been discovered, as when a Greek temple has been built in perishable material on an apsidal foundation or when a provincial Roman temple is erected within enclosure for public banqueting, where the wine flows aplenty, as at Corent of the Averni in Gallia Aquitania.

Arnhold’s chapter on small sanctuaries in Ostia and their meaning within the urban space of the city seeks to explain a possible way to understand and integrate the so‐called small sanctuaries into the religious landscape of the Roman Imperial city. Her main line of enquiry is not only to re‐evaluate the differing roles of single cult sites within urban life, but rather to examine how urban space was shared and acquired both in and through sanctuaries and how it consequentially was conceptualized.

Archaeology of sanctuaries can nonetheless, and we see that every day, increase our knowledge of ancient religions, as long as the perspective is well defined and the adopted methodology is compatible with the material evidence of religious character (from monumental architecture to small remains left over from banquets or sacrifices). The quality of the results, the reconstruction of religious practices and the cult places depend first and foremost on the quality of the ground survey and the interdisciplinary character of the analysis to which an ever‐increasing number of specialists contribute.

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