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Rome, Italy

The Art of Sacred Space

Global Temple Conference

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Semester(s) Offered: 
Fall 2023
Spring 2024
Spring 2023
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Where do people go to communicate with the divine? Explore with us where and how people of the many different cultures of the Greco-Roman world communicated with their gods. Why are graves and groves considered sacred space? When is a painting or sculpture considered sacred? Whom do the gods allow to enter a sacred building? Can a song be a prayer or a curse? How can dance sway the gods? Why do gods love processions and the smell of burning animals? The journey through sacred space in Greco-Roman antiquity will engage your senses and your intellect, and will reveal a mindset both ancient and new.

Special Notes: 

This course fulfills the Arts (GA) requirement for Temple students under GenEd. Students cannot receive credit for this course if they have successfully completed Greek and Roman Classics 0803 or 0903, or Art History 0803. 


In Rome, this course is cross-listed with Art History 0803 and Greek and Roman Classics 0803.