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La vie religieuse au Liban sous l’Empire romain

Abstract : Between the conquest of the Near East by Rome in the first century before Jesus Christ and the closure of the temples in the fourth century of the Christian era, many pagan sanctuaries covered the mountains of Lebanon. These places of worship suspended between sky and earth have drawn the attention of the travellers and scholars since Antiquity: “I also went up from Byblos into Lebanon, a day's journey, having learnt that there was an ancient sanctuary of Aphrodite there,” as one can read in the De Dea Syria, a treatise written in Greek in the Roman period, which tells a visit to the famous site of Afqa, at the spring of the river Adonis. La vie religieuse au Liban sous l'Empire romain invites the reader to discover in his turn the local cults and sanctuaries by taking advantage of a documentation renewed by the most recent archaeological and epigraphic works. The inquiry constitutes the first comprehensive study on this topic. At the meeting point of history and archaeology, it is completed by the catalogue of the hundred and twenty places of worship of the area. The book takes place in the perspective of the history of religions and societies of the Roman world. It contributes to the researches on the hellenisation and the romanisation of the Near East.
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Julien Aliquot. La vie religieuse au Liban sous l’Empire romain. Presses de l'Ifpo. Presses de l'Ifpo, 189, pp.450, 2009, Bibliothèque archéologique et historique, 978-2-35159-160-4. ⟨10.4000/books.ifpo.1411⟩. ⟨halshs-00459354⟩



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