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Inter-Regional, Seleukid, Religious

Thomson, Neil P

Supervisor and department: Haagsma, Margriet

Examining committee member and department: Garvie-Lok, Sandra Anthropology Haagsma, Margriet History and Classics Lemire, Beverly History and Classics Ben Zvi, Ehud History and Classics

Department: Department of History and Classics

Specialization: Ancient Societies and Cultures

Date accepted: 2015-02-04T08:52:05Z

Graduation date: 2015-06

Degree: Master of Arts

Degree level: Master's

Abstract: Abstract: The present study is a comparison and analysis of five temple structures located within three different military colonies of the Seleukid Empire in an effort to identify potential locations of cultural interaction and communication. The comparison is temporally restricted to the first generations of Seleukid hegemony beginning in the last quarter of the fourth century BCE. Geographically, the analysis focuses on the communities of Dura-Europos in Mesopotamia, Jebel Khalid in Syria, and Aï-Khanoum in Baktria modern Afghanistan. The method by which the potential locations within these communities is carried out, is through the use of a spatial analysis which combines the mobile material remains of the site with the remaining architectural features to engage with areas of potential ritual activity. These areas of potentiality represent links to focal communities, or smaller subsets of the population, which are analogous case studies to potential cultural groups. Specifically the smaller, identifiable groups are comparable to larger patterns of grouping within the civic community as a whole. Representative links could be established through the identification of a spatial syntax which, in turn, could be tied into repetitive and intentional performance of ritual act. The focal communities drawn from this analysis display identifiable cultural interactions within the Seleukid colonies but also represent a consistent structural form cross-regionally within the empire. This consistency could be indicative of both a common ritual activity in different regions within the empire, but also likely indicates that there was a comparable use of space by different focal communities cross-culturally as well as cross-temporally.

Language: English

DOI: doi:10.7939-R39882W0X

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Autor: Thomson, Neil P

Fuente: https://era.library.ualberta.ca/


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Religious Structures in the Seleukid Empire: An Inter-regional Case Study By Neil Thomson A thesis submitted in partial fulfilment of the requirements for the degree of Master of Arts In Ancient Societies and Cultures Department of History and Classics University of Alberta © Neil Thomson, 2015 Abstract: The present study is a comparison and analysis of five temple structures located within three different military colonies of the Seleukid Empire in an effort to identify potential locations of cultural interaction and communication.
The comparison is temporally restricted to the first generations of Seleukid hegemony beginning in the last quarter of the fourth century BCE. Geographically, the analysis focuses on the communities of Dura-Europos in Mesopotamia, Jebel Khalid in Syria, and Aï-Khanoum in Baktria (modern Afghanistan).
The method by which the potential locations within these communities is carried out, is through the use of a spatial analysis which combines the mobile material remains of the site with the remaining architectural features to engage with areas of potential ritual activity.
These areas of potentiality represent links to focal communities, or smaller subsets of the population, which are analogous case studies to potential cultural groups.
Specifically the smaller, identifiable groups are comparable to larger patterns of grouping within the civic community as a whole.
Representative links could be established through the identification of a spatial syntax which, in turn, could be tied into repetitive and intentional performance of ritual act.
The focal communities drawn from this analysis display identifiable cultural interactions within the Seleukid colonies but also represent a consistent structural form cross-regionally within the empire.
This consistency could be indicative of both a common ritual activity in different regions within the empire, but also likely indicates that there was a comparable use of space by different focal com...





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