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Dan-el Padilla Peralta

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780691168678

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: May 2021

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691168678.001.0001

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Pilgrimage to Mid-Republican Rome

Pilgrimage to Mid-Republican Rome

From Dedications to Networks

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(p.178) 5 Pilgrimage to Mid-Republican Rome
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Divine Institutions
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Dan-el Padilla Peralta

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Princeton University Press
DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691168678.003.0005

This chapter examines the relationship between religiously motivated mobility and the exchange of knowledge and information, using quantitative models and social network analysis. It argues that pilgrimage to participate in cult at Rome was yet another lever by which the mid-Republican res publica bootstrapped itself into statehood. The burnishing of Rome's credentials as a destination for pilgrimage followed closely on the heels of the cresting popularity of a specific brand of religious observance in mid-Republican central Italy, the healing cults that “formed a religious infrastructure that transcended political boundaries.” Although the interaction between premodern state formation and intercultural pilgrimage has surfaced on the radar of scholars working in other periods and regions, few studies of the middle Republic grant much space or recognition to this cultural process. However, mid-Republican Rome was not unlike other imperial cities in its reliance on monumentality to elicit and sustain waves of pilgrimage. The chapter then identifies where in the material record these waves can be detected and their impact gauged.

Keywords:   social networks, knowledge exchange, pilgrimage, cult, statehood, religious observance, state formation, mid-Republican Rome, monumentality

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