Rethinking the Concept of ‘Healing Settlements’: Water, Cults, Constructions and Contexts in the Ancient World [Paperback]

Maddalena Bassani(Editor); Marion Bolder-Boos(Editor); Ugo Fusco(Editor)

ISBN: 9781789690378 | Published by: Archaeopress Archaeology | Series: Archaeopress Roman Archaeology | Volume: 52 | Year of Publication: 2019 | 186p, H11.5 x W8, Illustrated throughout in black & white with 15 plates in color
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Rethinking the Concept of ‘Healing Settlements’: Water, Cults, Constructions and Contexts in the Ancient World


‘Rethinking the Concept of ‘Healing Settlements’: Water, Cults, Constructions and Contexts in the Ancient World’ brings together papers dealing with therapeutic aspects connected to thermomineral sites both in Italy and in the Roman Provinces, as well as cultic issues surrounding health and healing. The first part of the book consists of contributions that are focused on the numerous problems concerning the exploitation of curative springs and the settlement patterns at spa sites in terms of topography, infrastructure, architecture, cult, society and economy, emphasizing the particularities accompanying the use of beneficial sources and comparing them to that of common freshwaters. The papers in the second part of the volume concentrate on religious aspects connected to health, fertility and healing, focussing especially on sites located at particular natural surroundings such as caves and water sources. Together, the contributions in this book give us an idea of the amount and quality of research currently being undertaken in different parts of the Roman world (and complemented by one paper on the Greek world) on the topic of health and healing associated with cults and salutiferous waters.

Table of Contents

Preface – by Christopher Smith

Part I Thermo-Mineral Waters: From Italy to the Roman Provinces

Methodological Aspects – by Maddalena Bassani, Ugo Fusco

Shrines and Healing Waters in Ancient Italy. Buildings, Cults, Deities – by Maddalena Bassani

The Thermo-Mineral Springs at Veii (RM) and its Territory: New Discoveries and Old Excavations – by Ugo Fusco

Cult and Healing Water in Roman Gaul – by Matteo Marcato

Places of Worship and Healing Water in Roman Germaniae and Raetia – by Cecilia Zanetti

Healing by Water: Therapy and Religion in the Roman Spas of the Iberian Peninsula – by Sérgio Carneiro and Silvia González Soutelo

Preliminary Considerations on Thermal Spas in the Eastern Roman Provinces: The Case of Asia Minor – by Emanuela Borgia

Roman Healing Settlements in Bulgaria: Past Scholarship and Future Perspectives – by Mariya Avramova

Before the Hammam: The Ancient Spas of Roman North Africa – by Jens Koehler

Part II Cult Places and Healing

Cult Places and Healing: Some Preliminary Remarks – by Marion Bolder-Boos and Annalisa Calapà

Sacred Caves and ‘Fertility Cults’. Some Considerations about Cave Sanctuaries in Etruria – by Annalisa Calapà

Hercules and Healing – by Marion Bolder-Boos

Lacus and Lucus: Lakes and Groves as Markers of Healing Cults in Central Italy – by Ingrid Edlund-Berry and Jean M. Turfa

Nomina Nuda Tenemus? The Epigraphical Records of Dedications in Two Healing Sanctuaries in Athens and in Oropos – by Maria Elena Gorrini

Results and Future Prospects – by Francesca Ghedini and Paola Zanovello

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