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It has become obvious that more attention must be paid to the complex interplay between the city and religion. Cities are not static, but highly complex organisms which are in constant motion; they never reach equilibrium and continuously assume new shapes. These processes had a deep effect on religious sites and religion within cities of ancient Mediterranean world too. Urban growth and urban transformation, intensification of building activities, access to new materials, resources and techniques constantly altered the religious landscape and affected religious imagination. Access to sanctuaries, along with their connectivity and location in the urban fabric, changed over time. Peripheral zones turned into central places, while well connected places became marginal. Sanctuaries struggled with the accumulation of debris and waste in cities which led to a constant rise of the ground level. The city swallowed ancient places and forced people to adapt the religious landscape to the new realities. Limitations of space urged newcomers to be content with small plots of land available for religious activities and potentially fostered the development of new and innovative solutions. City as a “perpetual oeuvre” (Lefebvre) demands religion to keep pace with it.
FECHA/ DATE/DATA: 12-13-14-15-16/03/2018
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: The Danish Institute in Rome (Rome, Italy)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Michael Bloemer; Emiliano Urciuoli
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