Abstract and Keywords
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.
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