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Sanctuaries
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[German version]

I. General

The word 'sanctuary' is derived, like the French sanctuaire, Italian santuario, etc., from the Latin sanctus ('set off'). On the other hand, the German collective term for a wide variety of types of cult places, Heiligtum, traces back to the Germanic adjective *heila-, *heilu- ('whole', 'complete') [1. 78]. In 20th-cent. German-language scholarship of religion, the German term eventually came to be used synonymously with the above-mentioned terms derived from sanctus. This is connected w…

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Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) and Egelhaaf-Gaiser, Ulrike (Potsdam), “Sanctuaries”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 20 July 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e505560>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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