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CALL. 15.02.2019: [SESSION 1] Ecstatic Experience in the Ancient World (ASOR 2019) - San Diego (CA, USA)









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Ecstatic experience played a vital role in the ancient world, a subject that has hitherto received little systematic attention. In large part, this is because the methods and performance of ecstatic rites are usually secret, the visual and textual allusions enigmatic or abstract, the associated cultic equipment often ritually broken and decommissioned, and the experience’s universal core and impact on belief systems frequently obscured by a veneer of culturally specific objects and interpretations. Nevertheless, the rewards of scholarly inquiry are potentially great, with patterns and commonalities that cross-cut the civilizations of pharaonic Egypt, the ancient Near East, the Bronze Age Aegean, and the classical Mediterranean. Our session seeks papers on all aspects of this experience: How was the experience defined and by what means was it achieved? Who was involved? Where and when were its rites carried out? How was it referred to in literature and art? What was its relation to myth and religion?


n addition to contributions in art, archaeology, history, and
literature, we especially welcome papers that cross traditional
disciplinary boundaries.

Presenters can submit an abstract of 250 words or less via ASOR's
online ASOR's Online Abstract Submission Site:

Please note that the deadline for abstracts is February 15, and that
ASOR membership and meeting registration is required in advance for
participation. For more information on the rules and regulations

For any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Sarah Costello
( or Diana Stein (


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