Divine Interiors

Mural Paintings in Greek and Roman Sanctuaries

Eric M. Moormann

Divine Interiors
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Eric M. Moormann

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296 pages | 32 color plates, 100 halftones | 8 1/4 x 11
Cloth $115.00 ISBN: 9789089642615 Published April 2012 For sale only in the United States, its dependencies, the Philippines, and Canada

Mighty marble facades, sculptures, and wall paintings played an important role in the decoration of Greek and Roman temples. While the official temples, which were connected with a city or a state, usually had a simple but solemn appearance, the more popular buildings were true multi-colored expressions of religiosity. Scenes from the life of the revered deity, portraits of the supporters and practitioners of the cult, and renderings of plants and animals could transport visitors to these shrines to different worlds. The wall paintings displayed differences in style and taste, but they had the same basic look everywhere. It is striking to see the similarities between temples that were widely separated in the vast Greco-Roman world.

Drawing on archaeological remains and texts of antiquity, Divine Interiors fills a void in Greek and Roman studies by exploring a large variety of decorative schemes and fashions all over the ancient world and by shedding light on the devotional practices of worshippers and the use of shrines and temples in daily life.

1. Paintings Described in Ancient Texts
    Greek Temples
    Roman Temples
    Literary Descriptions of Temple Decorations
    The Temple of Juno in Carthage
    A Temple in Liternum
2. Paintings Found in Public Temples of the Greek World
3. Paintings Found in Public Temples in Roman Italy

    Republican and Imperial Temples in Rome
    Republican Temples in Italy
    Imperial Temples in Italy
    Public Temples in Pompeii
    The Temple of Apollo in Pompeii
    Appendix: The Portico of the Temple of Apollo in Pompeii
4. Paintings in Provincial Roman Temples across the Alps
    The Low Countries
    The Iberian Peninsula
    The Balkans
5. The Eastern Half of the Empire and North Africa
6. Painted Shrines Dedicated to the Roman Emperor

    Three Centres for Imperial Cult in Herculaneum
    The Macellum in Pompeii
    Imperial Cult in Misenum
    Silvanus and Caracalla in Ostia?
    Hercules and Marcus Aurelius in Sabratha
    The Severi in Bulla Regia
    The Tetrarchs in Luxor
7. Roman Shrines Housing Non-Roman Cults
    Shrines for Isis
    The Temple of Isis in Pompeii
    Isis in Rome?
    A German Outpost: Mainz
    Mithras and His Grottoes
    Other Mithraea in Italy
    Mithraea Across the Alps
    Mithraea in the East: Huarte, Dura Europos and Caesarea
    A Private Shrine to Sabazios in Pompeii
    Other Shrines for 'Small' Cults
8. Dura Europos: A Case-Study
    Bel or Allat?
    Bel and Zeus
    Zeus Theos
    The Synagogue
    The Church
9. Final Remarks
    Wall Systems
    Figural Elements
    Location of Wall Paintings

Index of Ancient Text Sources
Index of Names, Places and Subjects
Colour Plates
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