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The English word temple derives from Latin templum. In the technical vocabulary of religious studies, it is more specialized than sanctuary, shrine, cult site, or place of worship. The usage of the originally Latin term beyond the sphere of classical antiquity is well established, particularly for structures that appear comparable in regard to their architectural form (monumentality, stone construction) or religious function (dwelling place of a g…

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Maier, Bernhard, Berlejung, Angelika, Steimle, Christopher, Bieberstein, Klaus, Zellentin, Holger, , Gerold Necker, Busse, Heribert, Ådna, Jostein, Zchomelidse, Nino, Reiter, Florian C. et al., “Temple”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 12 August 2022 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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