The transformation of religious identity in the Hellenistic-Roman world, 100-600 AD. The significance of conversion and initiation to the formation of religious identity


  • Section for Systematic Theology
  • Section for Church History and Practical Theology
  • Section for Classical Archaeology
  • Section for the Study of Religion
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This project focuses on a limited and central part of a larger issue, namely the significance of con-version and initiation to the formation of religious identity. The reason for placing the examination of conversion and initiation within the discourse of identity formation is that there is a factual link between the themes, in that conversion and initiation are fundamental identity transforming proc-esses. In the following, the framework of the project is outlined: religious identity formation and transformation in antiquity and late antiquity. Then the theoretical background and methodological approaches are described in relation to the framework and the specific focus on initiation and con-version.


  • Religious identity, conversion, initiation, mystery cult, antiquity, late antiquity



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