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Scenting salvation : ancient Christianity and the olfactory imagination

Author: Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, cop. 2006.
Series: The transformation of the classical heritage, 42; The Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book explores the role of bodily, sensory experience in early Christianity (first - seventh centuries AD) by focusing on the importance of smell in ancient Mediterranean culture. Following its legalization in the fourth century Roman Empire, Christianity cultivated a dramatically flourishing devotional piety, in which the bodily senses were utilized as crucial instruments of human-divine interaction. Rich  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Scenting salvation
(NL-LeOCL)296213233
Material Type: Document, Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Ashbrook Harvey
ISBN: 0520241479 9780520241473
OCLC Number: 806965031
Description: 1 online resource (xviii, 421 p.).
Contents: Bevat: The olfactory context : smelling the early Christian world ; The Christian body : ritually fashioned experience ; Olfaction and Christian knowing ; Redeeming scents : ascetic models ; Sanctity and stench ; Resurrection, sensation, and knowledge.
Series Title: The transformation of the classical heritage, 42; The Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature
Responsibility: Susan Ashbrook Harvey.
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Explores the role of bodily, sensory experience in early Christianity by focusing on the importance of smell in ancient Mediterranean culture. This book argues that ancient Christians used olfactory  Read more...

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