Title

Building Ritual Agency: Foundations, Floors, Doors, and Walls

Abstract

Looks at the material evidence for ritual practices involved in the buildings of the ancient Mediterranean. Utilizing literary and archaeological evidence, it analyzes each component of construction from the preparations of a site and its foundation to floors, walls, doors, and roofs. Apotropaic materials are most vitally connected to buildings, but one also finds evidence of aggressive ritual devices seeking to do harm. Acts of ritual protection are also involved in the transformation of buildings -- to cleanse and purify spaces.

Publisher

Brill

Publication Date

4-4-2019

Department

Classics

Additional Department

Archaeological Studies

Document Type

Book Chapter

DOI

10.1163/9789004390751_021

Notes

Series: Religions in the Graeco-Roman World

Part 3: The Materials of Ancient Magic, Chapter 20

ISBN

9789004171572

Language

English

Format

text

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