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Devotional Objects
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I. Antiquity – II. Early Church – III. Middle Ages to the Present

I. Antiquity

Devotional objects can be understood as objects of private piety and religiosity common in all ancient cultures (cf. Epict., Dissertationes II 8.12), where they were in demand, especially in daily life for magical/apotropaic or energetic/sacramental purposes, and were traded commercially (Philostr. Vita ap. 5.20). The term is modern, so there are no ancient equivalents; comparable Gre…

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Hübner, Ulrich, Bloedhorn, Hanswulf and Hartinger, Walter, “Devotional Objects”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 18 November 2019 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_COM_04950>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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