Like frogs around a pond: Maritime Religion and Seafaring Gods of Ancient Greek Culture (2014–2018)

Abstract:
Maritime religion is an important but overlooked factor in ancient Greek culture. Cults of seafaring gods throughout Classical Antiquity included rituals of embarkation, prayers at sea, and offerings for a safe arrival, all of which contributed to establishing and maintaining a collective Greek cultural identity around the Mediterranean sea. This project aims to assemble both textual and archaeological evidence for ancient Greek maritime religion; to explore the significance of cults of seafaring gods for ancient Greek ethnic identity, migration and colonization; and to contextualize ancient Greek maritime religion with comparable modern customs.
Grant type:
ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award
Researchers:
  • Senior Lecturer
    School of Historical and Philosophical Inquiry
    Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences
Funded by:
Australian Research Council