History of religions - Questions of divine onomastics

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The course will comprise 10 two-hour sessions, each devoted to a dossier on divine onomastics in the ancient Mediterranean. The meaning and functions of divine names, the relations to space and time, onomastic configurations, the question of interpretatio, the relationship between names and images, between divine names and human names, and onomastic networks will be explored.

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Through the study of divine names in literary and epigraphic sources, the aim is to develop an understanding both of the structuring of "pantheons" conceived as complex systems of divinities and of human agency, that is, of the way societies elaborate strategies of communication with the divine. Spanning the entire Mediterranean world, a comparative method appropriate to intercultural dynamics will be proposed.

Riferimenti bibliografici

  • Robert Parker, Greek Gods Abroad. Names, Natures, and Transformations, Oakland, CA: University of California Press, 2017.
  • Corinne Bonnet (a cura di), Noms de dieux. Portraits de divinités antiques, Toulouse, Anacharsis, 2021.
  • Thomas Galoppin et alii (eds.), Naming and Mapping the Gods in the Ancient Mediterranean: Spaces, Mobilities, Imaginaries, Berlin, Boston: De Gruyter, 2022. https://doi.org/10.1515/9783110798432.