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What can we learn from the material evidence about the role of oracular shrines as places of religious experience in the Greco-Roman world? In my talk I show that the information revealed by the archaeological remains complements and in some points even corrects the more traditional picture of these shrines derived from the literary evidence. Not only does it provide invaluable insights into the topography and administration of oracular sanctuaries; it also illustrates the presence of other cultural practices besides those involved in divination. Above all, the material record help us to appreciate how at these shrines the real almost seamlessly blends into the imaginary and vice versa.
The speaker is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics & Ancient History in the School of Philosophical & Historical Inquiry (SOPHI), University of Sydney.
Also, Associate Professor Kindt will be presenting a research seminar on Friday 11 September, at 3.30pm, for the School of Historical & Philosophical Inquiry (HAPI) on the topic ‘Reading Delphic Oracles' (Room E303, Forgan Smith Building).