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Scenting salvation : ancient Christianity and the olfactory imagination

Author: Susan Ashbrook Harvey
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, 2015.
Series: Transformation of the classical heritage, 42.; Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Edition/Format:   Print book : 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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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Susan Ashbrook Harvey
ISBN: 9780520287563 0520287568
OCLC Number: 907650865
Notes: Originally published: 2006.
Description: 1 volume ; 23 cm.
Contents: 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: Transformation of the classical heritage, 42.; Joan Palevsky imprint in classical literature.
Responsibility: Susan Ashbrook Harvey.

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Using a wide array of Pagan, Jewish, and Christian sources, this book examines the ancient understanding of smell through religious rituals, liturgical practices, mystagogical commentaries, literary  Read more...

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