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Naming and Mapping the Gods in the Ancient Mediterranean. Spaces, Mobilities, Imaginaries

10-12 févr. 2021
Université Toulouse - Jean Jaurès Maison de la Recherche 5, Allées Antonio Machado. 31058 Toulouse Cedex 9 - Toulouse (France)


The Antiquity is a world full of gods. Far from being confined to their sanctuaries, the gods are rooted in the human environment in multiple ways: the towns, the crossroads, the borders and boundaries, the forests, the mountains, the sea and many other spaces where they continue to dwell. Equally, they colonise imagined spaces, when poets and authors evoke their living areas or those that they move through on their different adventures. It is therefore logical that specialists on the Antiquity have studied the inscription of the divine in space for a long time already. In this perspective, the conference "Naming and Mapping the gods in the Ancient Mediterranean. Spaces, Mobilities, Imaginaries" hopes to bring together the competences and specialties of multiple disciplines – archaeology, history, geography, anthropology, history of religions, philology, reception, social network analysis – in order to consider new documentation corpora concerning the intersection between the divine and space. Subsequently, this intersection invokes a multitude of questions, which are given in the lines of approach below. Furthermore, the conference aims to differentiate itself by proposing an innovative angle of approach, inspired by the themes of the ERC MAP project: the intersection between the spaces and designations of the gods. The ways of naming the divine powers, given that they are envisaged as ways to define, characterise, differentiate, but also to connect, effectively constitute many indexes of a dynamic and complex “mapping” of the divine. In this regard, many points have been proposed: Space as an onomastic trait, Naming the space of the gods, The ways of presenting the gods in space, Putting the gods and places in equation, Sanctuaries and the emergence of towns, Urban “religions”.
Discipline scientifique : Sciences de l'Homme et Société - Archéologie et Préhistoire - Etudes classiques - Histoire - Religions

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