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date: 24 June 2021

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This chapter looks at pilgrimage and sacred travel in the Second Sophistic. The principal topics covered are: the survival of traditional Greek forms of pilgrimage (e.g., involving healing, oracles, and initiation); pilgrimage and the festival culture of the Roman Empire, the sacred tourism practiced by members of the intellectual elite to places of religious and cultural significance; visits made by Roman emperors to sacred destinations; pilgrimage and sacred tourism to and within Roman Egypt; and pilgrimage destinations in the East, including Jewish and early Christian pilgrimage to Jerusalem. It takes account of both literary accounts (Pausanias, Lucian, the Greek novel, Philostratus) and epigraphic sources.

Keywords: pilgrimage, pilgrim, travel, festival, theoria, sacred tourism, healing

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