Arts, Celtic Studies and Social Sciences

“Sacred Space in Ancient Greece”

The ancient Greeks generally looked upon a temple as a response to the sacredness of a place not the creation of a space for human use; hence the fugitives' right to 'sanctuary'.

You are invited to a Lunchtime Seminar co-hosted by the Study of Religions Dept. and Classics Dept.

Date: Monday 22 July 2013

Time: 1pm-2pm

Venue: O'Rahilly Building, Room 201 “Sacred Space in Ancient Greece”

Speaker: Prof. Harry Walker Co-Chair of Classical and Medieval Studies Bates College, Maine, USA

Although some hated politicians argued that religion was a human construct, the Greeks generally looked upon a temple as a response to the sacredness of a place rather than the creation of a sacred space for human use. Urban temples glorified their state, Panhellenic temples were usually in remote places, but if there was no temple, you had to rely on a “local informant” to tell whether a place was sacred or not. The Greek belief that places were inherently sacred helps to explain why they placed such importance on the right of fugitives to sanctuary.



Category: Public Lectures and Seminars: Arts Celtic Studies and Social Sciences
Date:
Time: 1pm-2pm
Location: O'Rahilly Building Room 201
Target Audience: All welcome
Admission Price: € Free
Contact: Mrs Olive O'Flaherty
021 490 2359
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