Virtual Tour

Ostia: Civic Gods, Mithraea and the Development of Salvation Cults – Tuesday 11 May

Tuesday 11 May


With Dr. Eireann Marshall

From the state temples and shrines erected in the forum, including the Capitolium, to the household shrines, religion was a part of every facet of life in Ostia. The city provides exceptional evidence for the development of elective cults from the 2nd century AD onwards, particularly the cult of Mithras, which was booming until it was eventually overcome by the rise of Christianity. Although the word ‘religion’ has Latin roots, it wasn’t used in the sense that we use it today.

Indeed they didn’t have a term which encapsulated their veneration of gods carried out by a multiplicity of rites and rituals. Religion was in everything they did and could include both ritual which all citizens took part in, as well as confraternities which worshipped gods such as Bacchus, Isis and Mithras, which gave fellow worshippers hope of an afterlife.

Virtual Tour

Our virtual tours cover a wide array of historical and art-history topics, ranging from antiquity to the early modern period. We explore a variety of historical topics, from the every day life in ancient and early modern cities to representations of power. Exploring both world famous sites and those unknown to most, these lectures will bring history and the history of art to life through tailor made HD filming, as well as perceptive lecturing and lively discussions.

The virtual tours last 60 minutes followed by another 30 minutes of Q&A with our lecturers who will be delighted to answer any of your questions live.

Your Lecturer

Dr Eireann Marshall

Dr Eireann Marshall is a Research Associate and Associate Lecturer with the Open University. She has published a number of articles on Ancient North Africa, and co-edited volumes on 'Death and Disease in the Ancient City' and ‘Women’s influence on Classical Civilisation’. Eireann has led many tours for specialist tour operators, to Italy and North Africa. In 2019 she was awarded Wanderlust Magazine's Top History & Culture Guide at its World Guide Awards.

Event Details

Date: 11 May 2021

Start time: 18:00 GMT

End time: 19:30 GMT

Venue: Zoom Lecture


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