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Religious convergence in the Ancient Mediterranean - 23-24-25-26/06/2016, Palermo (Italy)

FECHA/DATE/DATA: 23-24-25-26/06/2016

LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Villa Whitaker (Palermo, Italy)

ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Sandra Blakely (Emory University) ; Billie Jean Collins (Emory University) ; Lela Urquhart (Georgia State University) ; Sebastiano Tusa (Soprintendenza del Mare, Regione Siciliana)

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Thursday, June 23

10:30am OPENING REMARKS: Sandra Blakely

SESSION 1: LANDSCAPE. Chair: Barbara Kowalzig

10:45am Amelia Brown The Role of Mediterranean Seafarers in Cults and Sanctuaries of Aphrodite

11:10am Irene Polinskaya Password? Rituals for Trespassing on the Land of the Gods of Others

11:35am Sandra Blakely Samothracian Networks: Economic Prospects and Ritual Promises in the Hellenistic Mediterranean


SESSION 2: WESTERN SICILY. Chair: David Scahill

1:45pm Rosella Giglio Lilibeo e i suoi culti: nuovi esempi di ritualità pubblica e privata dalla ricerca archeologica

2:10pm Birgit Öhlinger Ritual Consumption and Local Power Discourse on the Archaic Monte Iato in Western Sicily

2:35pm Meritxell Ferrer Martin Performing Local Responses through Architecture: Ritual, Power, and Community in Western Sicily (Eighth–Fifth Centuries BC)j

3:00–3:15pm break

SESSION 3: PHOENICIANS 1. Chair: Sarah Morris

3:15pm Adriano Orsingher Across Traditions and beyond Boundaries: The Masks of Carthage

3:40pm José Miguel Puebla Morón Greek Coins, Punic People: Analysis of the

Punic Coinage of Sicily from the Iconographical Aspect

4:05–4:20pm break

SESSION 4: ROME 1. Chair: Jeffrey Brodd

4:20pm Kevin Dicus Using Your Head: Local Stylistic Adaptations in Foreign Ritual

4:45pm Eric Orlin Augustus and Italian Cult Practices

5:10pm James Rives Roman Empire and Roman Emperor: Animal Sacrifice as an Instrument of Convergence



Friday, June 24

SESSION 5: ANATOLIA 1. Chair: Jared Miller

10:00am Amir Gilan Religious Convergence in Hittite Anatolia: Further Thoughts on (Some) Kizzuwatna Rituals

10:25am Susanne Görke Mythological Parts in Hittite Rituals

10:50–11:00am break

11:00am Billie Jean Collins The “Arzawa” Rituals and Religious Production in Hittite Anatolia

11:25am Elisabeth Rieken Convergence and Divergence in Hittite Prayers


SESSION 6: MAGIC. Chair: Radcliffe Edmonds III

1:30pm Christopher Faraone The Convergence of Domestic and Civic Talismans in the Ancient Greek World: Top-Down or Bottom-up?

1:55pm Lech Trzcionkowski Graffiti from Olbia: Writing Practices and the Articulation of Ritual Boundaries

2:20pm Sarah G. Titus Genetrix et mater superstitionum: The Bulla as Apotropaic Device in Etruscan Art

2:20–2:40pm coffee break

SESSION 7: ROME 2. Chair: Kevin Dicus

2:40pm Megan Nutzman Written in Stone: Jewish Identity in the Roman Epitaphs

3:05pm Claudia Moser Locating Gaul: Continuity and Change in the Architecture of Sacrificial Practices in Pre-Roman and Roman Gaul

3:30pm Marco Romeo Pitone Rituals in Late Bronze Age Southern Etruria and Their Connection with Aegean Cultures

3:55–4:15pm coffee break

SESSION 8: SICILY 1. Chair: Sebastiano Tusa

4:15pm Francesca Oliveri Venere del mare: Testimonianze del culto nell’area del trapanese

4:40pm Margaret Miles The Greek Temple in the Elymian Sanctuary at Contrada Mango, Segesta

5:05pm Giuseppina Mammina Una donna di nome Mozia: Testimonianze

and M. Pamela Toti archeologiche di Eracle/Melqart a Mozia


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