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The Emergence of Sacred Travel

Experience, Economy, and Connectivity in Ancient Mediterranean Pilgrimage


"The Emergence of Sacred Travel" is a project that aims to build an internationally recognized environment for the study of ancient pilgrimage, an emerging topic that is currently reshaping our understanding of the interconnections between the religious traditions of the Mediterranean Basin, from Greek and Roman religions to Christianity and Islam. In particular, the project focuses on the material and visual dimensions of pilgrimage.

Bridging traditional chronological and disciplinary divisions, it seeks to explore the extent to which Greece and Rome constituted the cultural and religious background to the development of early Christian and Islamic pilgrimage.

By tracing the emergence of sacred travel within this cultural sphere, we get a clearer picture of the phenomenon’s later historical trajectory, including Islamic Hajj, Medieval travel to the Holy Land and contemporary traditions of pilgrimage.


EST postdoctoral-fellow Louise Blanke is co-organising the symposium ”Monastic Economies in Egypt and Palestine, 5th to 10th centuries CE”, 16-17 March, Ertegun House, Oxford. The symposium is co-sponsored by EST. Please see the programme here.

EST News

Anna Collar has just published a Bryn Mawr Classical Review of Page duBois’ Million and One Gods (28 January 2015)


Troels Myrup Kristensen publishes "Pilgrimage, devotional practices and the consumption of sacred places in ancient Egypt and contemporary Syria" in the International Journal of Heritage Studies.

Please note: EST organizes the 2nd EST Symposium: "Economies of Sacred Travel" to be held 17 September at Aarhus University, Department of Classical Studies. Read more under "Events"

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Director of Research

Troels Myrup Kristensen

Associate professor

Part of Classical Antiquity

The Emergence of Scared Travel is part of the Research Programme Classical Antiquity: Tradition and Transformation at the Department of Culture and Society.

The project is funded by the Danish Council for Independent Research Sapere Aude.

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