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214 pages

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Published Dec 2018

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781784919542

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sanctuary/temple; Hauran; Near East; god; religious architecture; network; globalisation; Roman; ritual; economy; elite; romanisation; romanization

Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 51

Rural Cult Centres in the Hauran: Part of the broader network of the Near East (100 BC–AD 300)

By Francesca Mazzilli

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The first comprehensive multidisciplinary analysis of rural cult centres in the Hauran (southern Syria) from the pre-Roman to the Roman period (100 BC-AD 300). This volume re-evaluates the significance of contacts between the elite of the Hauran and other cultures of the Near East in shaping cult sites.



Chapter 1 - Introduction; Chapter 2 - The geographical and historical background of the Hauran; Chapter 3 - Rural cult centres in their pre-provincial political context; Chapter 4 - ‘A religious cultural identity’ of the Hauran in the pre-provincial period; Chapter 5 - ‘A rural religious cultural identity’ of the Hauran in the provincial period; Chapter 6 - Rural cult centres as meeting places for their religious and economic function; Chapter 7 - Conclusion; Bibliography; Appendix; Gazetteer

About the Author

Francesca Mazzilli is a Roman pottery specialist at the Cambridge Archaeological Unit, University of Cambridge (since March 2015). She holds a PhD in Archaeology at the University of Durham for her thesis Beyond Religion: Cultural Exchange and Economy in Syria. Over the last ten years she has worked as an archaeologist in England, Italy and Jordan. Her main research interests are Roman religion, architecture, landscape, theory and pottery. She has presented papers covering these topics in various international conferences in Europe. Together with Dies Van Der Linde she is currently co-editing a book entitled Dialectics of Religion in the Roman World. She has been a member of the Theoretical Roman Archaeological Conference (TRAC) standing committee and of the Theoretical Roman Archaeological Journal (TRAJ) editorial team since March 2017.


'The volume analyzes an admirable quantity of data...F. Mazzilli's synthesis will be of great service because it brings together considerable documentation and poses important questions which the scientific community will continue to address.'