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Late Paganism On The Aegean Islands And Processes Of Christianisation

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Detailed case-studies of Aegean paganism and temple conversion are presented for six sanctuaries in the Province of the Islands, and are assessed as part of the debate on Christianisation from western Asia Minor to mainland Greece. This chapter argues that, despite many similarities between the eastern islands and western coastal Asia Minor, there is little cultural homogeneity between the many sub-regions in this wide area. One of most revealing examples of temple conversion in the Aegean islands is presented by the church built over the Archaic rural sanctuary of Demeter and Apollo at Gyroula on Naxos. The chapter deals with late paganism, focusing on material culture and the phenomenon of temple conversion.

Keywords: Aegean islands; Asia Minor; Christianisation; Demeter; Gyroula; late paganism



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