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Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian AntiquitySeeing the Gods$
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Jas Elsner and Ian Rutherford

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199237913

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237913.001.0001

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Mucianus and a Touch of the Miraculous: Pilgrimage and Tourism in Roman Asia Minor

Mucianus and a Touch of the Miraculous: Pilgrimage and Tourism in Roman Asia Minor

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(p.219) 8 Mucianus and a Touch of the Miraculous: Pilgrimage and Tourism in Roman Asia Minor
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Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian Antiquity
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George Williamson

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237913.003.0009

This chapter examines the temple-visiting habits of C. Licinius Mucianus, a Roman governor in the age of Vespasian, and a writer of Republican history. It considers the functions and status of votives on display in sanctuaries, and asks what sort of response was evoked by the viewer who belonged to a polytheistic world in which belief was not really an appropriate criterion of religiosity, or indeed made an explicit matter of choice. The chapter argues that Mucianus's response — despite his not being a pilgrim in the official state sense — was more than an aesthetic sense of wonder, but rather a different sort of belief in the efficacy and reality of divine epiphany, as demonstrated both through miraculous happenings at certain sanctuaries, and also by the votives on display in others.

Keywords:   sanctuaries, pilgrimage, epiphany, polytheism, votives

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