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Dr Tulsi Parikh (A. G. Leventis Fellow in Hellenic Studies / British School at Athens), “Bodies in motion: Experiencing the sacred in ancient Greece, the case of Ancient Karthaia, Kea”


How did sacred landscapes shape religious experience and to what extent were sacred landscapes in turn shaped by religious experience? In this paper, I introduce my new research at the BSA on the relationships between people and sacred space in ancient Greece. I consider how we might understand different types of space within the sacred environment, as well as how worshippers might have experienced these spaces. Using Karthaia as a case study, I explore the special spatial configurations of the sanctuaries during the Archaic/Classical period, investigating, in particular, how people moved around the space, and how they might have perceived and conceptualised it. I ultimately consider the implications of the interactions between people and places on ancient religious experience and understanding.


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Monday 20 March 2023, 4pm (UK) / 6pm (Greece)

Upper House Seminar
When: 20 March, 2023 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm EET
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