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Ordinary Objects In Christian Healing Sanctuaries

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The evidence from miracle stories and from archaeology is used in this chapter to document the appearance and contents of the healing shrines of Late Antiquity; particularly the prosaic objects of everyday life that would have been present at a shrine alongside liturgical and devotional objects. It explores the evidence relating to the everyday lives of those staying at the shrine, and shows how even the most ordinary object could be sanctified by its presence in a healing sanctuary. The chapter discusses the objects seen by a pilgrim coming to a healing shrine. It offers a tour of such a shrine at the twilight of Antiquity, mainly based on Sophronius? Thaumata, a collection of miracles attributed to the saints Cyrus and John, two saints called ?anargyroi? because they used to heal the sick without asking for money, unlike the physicians of their time.

Keywords: archaeology; healing sanctuary; healing shrine; Late Antiquity; saint Cyrus; saint John; Sophronius? Thaumata



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