Sacred Animals and Monsters in Greek and Near-Eastern Religions
University of St Andrews, 23-24 January 2014
Date limite : 30 septembre 2013
Organisers: Dr Samantha Newington (University of Aberdeen) and Dr Sian Lewis (University of St Andrews)
The role of animals in ancient religion is large – as objects of sacrifice, as sacred creatures, incarnations of the gods, instruments of divination or healing, and as metaphors and symbols. This includes living animals, and also imaginary ones, animal/human hybrids and monsters: such anomalous beings challenged and transcended normal categories, allowing people to explore the religious, social and cultural ordering of their world.
This workshop will gather scholars from the fields of Classics, Biblical Studies and Near Eastern Studies, to examine the significance, role and symbolism of sacred animals and monsters in ancient religions. Drawing on archaeology, theology, history and literary studies, we aim to identify links and comparisons between the conception and treatment of sacred animals and monsters in Near Eastern, Jewish, Egyptian and Greek cultures, across a period from the Bronze Age to the Roman Empire.
Participants already confirmed include Prof Robert Segal (University of Aberdeen), Prof Kristin De Troyer (University of St Andrews), Dr Emma Aston (Reading University) and Dr Joseph Angel (Yeshiva University, New York). Our keynote speaker will be Prof. Ingvild Gilhus (University of Bergen), author of Animals, Gods and Humans: Changing Attitudes to Animals in Greek, Roman and Early Christian Thought (Routledge 2006).
Panels will cover sacred animals, divination and prophecy, monsters and the monstrous, and theological approaches to animals. Proposals are invited for 40-minute papers; abstracts (c. 250 words) should be submitted to
(or by mail to the address below) by 30th September 2013.
Dr Sian Lewis,
School of Classics,
University of St Andrews,
Fife KY16 9AL
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