Wednesday, March 15, 2023

AL-AT: People of the gods: the worshippers of Allat and Atargatis in the Near East from 4th century BCE – 4th century CE.

This project examines on which scale the divine society imitates the human model and to which degree it can influence social changes, basing on the worshippers of these two goddesses. The choice of the goddesses is not only based on their popularity within the material evidence, but also on the shared iconographic features as being represented as seated on a throne flanked by lions. What does it mean in relation to the position of the goddesses and women? Why this particular motive connects these two deities?

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