session 28

RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY IN THE ROMAN PROVINCE OF DALMATIA: NEW APPROACHES AND CHALLENGES

Organised by: Nirvana Silnovićand Dora Ivanišević

This session brings together young scholars dealing with various aspects of religious life in the Roman Province of Dalmatia. Covering the great chronological expanse from Hellenistic times to Late Antiquity, each paper will explore a specific facet of Dalmatian religious landscape. Today, the rich material evidence witnesses to the abundant and multifarious religious practices that formed a part of everyday life of the province. Despite its richness and attractiveness, the material evidence of the Dalmatian religious life has only recently started to get its proper treatment and (re)evaluation. Over the past few decades there have been a major developments in the study of ancient religion, as well as a growing (re)examination of the notion of “Romanisation,” and of “Roman art,” resulting in new approaches and changes in how we understand religious and material culture of the provinces. The aim of this session is to explore various challenges these new approaches present, and to offer insight into the recent study of Dalmatian religious life.

Mithras and the Sacred Landscape: The Case of Gacka Valley, Nirvana Silnović

The Cults of Isis, Inga Vilogorac Brčić

Roman, Illyrian or Dalmatian? (Re)interpretations of Roman Religion in a Provincial Context, Josipa Lulić

The Epigraphic Evidence for Early Christianity at Salona, Dora Ivanišević