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Contextualizing the Sacred

Sacred Space and its Material Culture in the Ancient Near East and Egypt

Editors: Rubina Raja Elizabeth Frood
Publishing Manager: Rosie Bonté
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ISSN 2565-8093

Method of peer review
at least two single-blind reviews undertaken by a specialist member of the Board and/or external specialists

Archaeology, Material culture, Religion, Sacred spaces, Antiquity, Architecture, Sanctuaries, Cultic practices, Mediterranean, Religious practices, Cultural history, Ancient Near East

Accepted Language(s):
English, German

Accepts Contributions in Open Access


Sacred space, its use, development, and meaning, is a major theme in archaeology and ancient history, and productive of research questions relating to religious identity, performance and practice, change, innovation, and dissolution. This series seeks to integrate the study of archaeology, texts, architecture, and religion, creating a forum for interdisciplinary and comparative studies of landscapes and domains of evidence that are normally treated separately. The series is open to thematic, cross-regional and diachronic studies, as well as specific works within ancient history, classical archaeology, Egyptology, Assyriology, archaeology, and philology that treat sacred space and its material culture in regions encompassed by the designation ‘Ancient Near East’. Studies that seek to make issues and questions from one area accessible and thought-provoking to scholars in another are welcome.


    General Editors

    Elizabeth Frood, Oxford University

    Rubina Raja, Aarhus Universitet


    Main language: English

    Additional languages: French, German and Italian

    Double-blind undertaken by (a) specialist member(s) of the Board or (an) external specialist(s)

    All volumes in this series are evaluated by an Editorial Board, strictly on academic grounds, based on reports prepared by referees who have been commissioned by virtue of their specialism in the appropriate field. The Board ensures that the screening is done independently and without conflicts of interest. The definitive texts supplied by authors are also subject to review by the Board before being approved for publication.

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Magnification and Miniaturization in Religious Communications in Antiquity and Modernity

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ISBN 978-2-503-60479-4 CS 12 | 2023 € 110,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-60480-0 € 110,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Cultic Graffiti in the Late Antique Mediterranean and Beyond

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ISBN 978-2-503-59311-1 CS 11 | 2021 € 95,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback) ISBN 978-2-503-59332-6 € 95,00 EXCL. VAT   (E-book)

Transformationen stadtrömischer Heiligtümer während der späten Republik und Kaiserzeit

Marlis Arnhold
ISBN 978-2-503-58835-3 CS 10 | 2020 € 135,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback)

Revisiting the Religious Life of Palmyra

Rubina Raja (ed)
ISBN 978-2-503-57635-0 CS 9 | 2019 € 100,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback)

Contextualizing the Sacred in the Hellenistic and Roman Near East

Religious Identities in Local, Regional, and Imperial Settings Rubina Raja (ed)
ISBN 978-2-503-56963-5 CS 8 | 2017 € 130,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback)

Expressions of Cult in the Southern Levant in the Greco-Roman Period

Manifestations in Text and Material Culture Oren Tal, Zeev Weiss (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-55335-1 CS 6 | 2017 € 130,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback)

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ISBN 978-2-503-56884-3 CS 7 | 2017 € 120,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback)

Phönizische, griechische und römische Gottheiten im historischen Wandel

Linda-Marie Günther, Bärbel Morstadt (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-54457-1 CS 5 | 2015 € 90,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback)

Religious Identities in the Levant from Alexander to Muhammed

Continuity and Change Michael Blömer, Achim Lichtenberger, Rubina Raja (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-54445-8 CS 4 | 2015 € 160,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback)

Redefining the Sacred

Religious Architecture and Text in the Near East and Egypt, 1000 BC – AD 300 Elizabeth Frood, Rubina Raja (eds)
ISBN 978-2-503-54104-4 CS 1 | 2014 € 95,00 EXCL.VAT  (Hardback)

Housing the Chosen

The Architectural Context of Mystery Groups and Religious Associations in the Ancient World Inge Nielsen
ISBN 978-2-503-54437-3 CS 2 | 2014 € 145,00 EXCL.VAT  (Paperback)

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