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H 245 x W 175 mm

220 pages

40 figures (26 pages in colour)

Published Sep 2019

Archaeopress Archaeology


Paperback: 9781789692563

Digital: 9781789692570

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Philistia; Israel; Biblical archaeology; Roman archaeology; Coastal Archaeology; Mythology; Semitic; Greek; Roman; Maritime Cults; Jaffa; Ashkelon; Gaza; Rafiah

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This study questions the origins and traditions of the cultic rites practised during Roman times in ‘Peleshet’ (Philistia), located along the southern shores of the Land of Israel.



Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Jaffa
Chapter 3: Ashkelon
Chapter 4: Gaza
Chapter 5: Rafiah
Chapter 6: Summary

About the Author

Simona Rodan is a historian whose field of research are the beliefs, customs and cultic practices in the ancient Mediterranean world, and their reflection in literature and art from the ancient period to the modern times. She holds a PhD in Maritime Civilizations from the University of Haifa. Rodan is the author of The Goddess of Luck, the City and the Sea: The Cult of Tyche and Fortuna in the Coastal Cities of Eretz Israel (2014) (in Hebrew) and Aegean Mercenaries in Light of the Bible: Clash of Cultures in the Story of David and Goliath (2015).