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Published Jan 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


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Roman Empire; Ancient Religion; Healing Settlements; Healing Deities; Roman Baths; Aquae; Thermalism; Etruscan Cultic Places; Groves; Anatomical Votives; Greek Inscriptions; Hellenistic Sacred Objects

Archaeopress Roman Archaeology 52

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

Edited by Maddalena Bassani, Marion Bolder-Boos, Ugo Fusco

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This volume brings together papers dealing with therapeutic aspects connected to thermo-mineral sites both in Italy and in the Roman Provinces, as well as cultic issues surrounding health and healing.



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

About the Author

MADDALENA BASSANI graduated with distinction in Classical Literature with archaeology specialization at Padua University. She is the author of approximately seventy publications and is a member of the editorial boards for Antenor Quaderni, Hesperìa. Studi sulla Grecità d'Occidente and Venetia/Venezia. Quaderni adriatici di storia e archeologia lagunare. In 2014 she obtained the National Scientific Qualification to function as Associate Professor. | MARION BOLDER-BOOS studied Classical Archaeology, Assyriology and Prehistory at the universities of Heidelberg and Cambridge, attaining her MA in 2005 and her PhD in 2010 from Heidelberg University. She has participated in various excavations (Phylakopi in Greece, Magdalensberg in Austria and Carthage in Tunisia) and has publishing on a wide range of subjects, such as Roman sanctuaries and deities, Roman urbanism, history of archaeology, ancient colonisation and Phoenician and Punic archaeology. Since 2006 she has been Assistant Professor in Classical Archaeology at Technical University Darmstadt. | UGO FUSCO has a BA in Classics and a MA in Classical Archaeology from Sapienza University of Rome, as well as a PhD in Classical Archaeology from the University of Pisa. He has excavated in Italy (Volterra, Rome, Veii and Grumento) and abroad (in London), investigating urban and rural sites. He has worked on various themes including: Roman architecture, prosopography, Latin epigraphy, topography of the suburbs of Rome, Roman archaic history and cults relating to water and mystery. He recently expanded his interests to include Greek architecture, considering the subject of double temples in Greece.


'... this volume should be applauded for its attempt to begin seriously defining the religious aspects of Rome healing settlements—and thus initiating larger discussions in the fields of ancient religion and archaeology.'Dylan Rogers (2020): Religious Studies Review, Volume 46, Number 2, 2020