Aegeus Society For Aegean Prehistory


24 February 2019

Sanctuaries and Cults in the Aegean from Early Historic Times to Late Antiquity (11th c. BC – 6th c. AD)

Lemnos, 11-14 September 2019

Deadline: 31 March 2019

The Ephorate of Antiquities of Lesbos in the framework of implementing the project ‘Enhancement of the archaeological site of Kavirion, Lemnos’, as part of NSRF 2014-2020, which will be completed within 2019, announces the organization of the International Scientific Conference entitled: “Sanctuaries and Cults in the Aegean from Early Historic Times to Late Antiquity (11th c. BC – 6th c. AD)”. The conference will take place at Lemnos between Wednesday 11th of September and Saturday 14th of September 2019.

The Aegean as a geographic unity, characterized by a great dispersion of large and smaller islands and islets constituted a nucleus of religious interaction with influences, continuities and discontinuities developing and shaping the world of gods and semi-gods of ancient Greek religion, as worshiped in organised cult places, the sanctuaries. The attitude of humans towards the divine and the diversity of cult practices display numerous and varying dimensions and several unexplored sides in all the expressions of human activity towards the divine.

In a context of osmosis of human relationship with the divine and considering the extent that this took over the course of centuries in the Aegean, this conference provides an opportunity to present the evidence that testifies to worshiped divinities of the Aegean geographic region and relevant rituals. In parallel the conference aims to elucidate any possible relations and influences in cult practices from other regions, within or outside Greek territories, from the birth of ancient Greek religion until its twilight with the dominance of Christianity. Evidence for the worship of deities in the Aegean derives mainly from archaeological data and excavations of sanctuaries, their dating, interpretation and identification and on the other hand from depictions of the divine in art, cult symbols and cultic practice and religious beliefs that are being investigated in association to written sources (literary testimonies, inscriptions) as well as the wider political and historical context of any given period.

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