In Asia Minor we encounter an extremely variegated religious landscape: if anywhere it is here that we can see the extremely localized character of ancient religion(s). It is often supposed that this is caused by indigenous cults underlying the Greek superstructures. This may be true in many cases, but such an evolutionary perspective does not do justice to the actual situation on the ground. Believers will have seen their local religious tradition as a unified whole – and as Greek. The large amount of inscriptional evidence for local cults in Asia Minor puts us in a remarkably good position to study several examples of ancient religion as ‘living /lived religion’. If we want, we can extend our review into early Christian days, Christianity gaining a serious foothold in Asia Minor from very early in the imperial period.
Besides the general objectives of any Research Seminar, this course aims at making the participants think about religious plurality versus unity, and continuity versus change, and at providing experience in the use of epigraphic evidence, especially inscriptions put into series.
Mode of instruction
Every student will be expected to give several short presentations for which some reading and research have to be carried out (20%) and write a final paper (80%).
Website at www.ancient-history-online.info / www.oudegeschiedenis.info
To be announced
E-mail: Dr. F.G. Naerebout
If only native speakers of Dutch participate, the course can be taught in Dutch