University of Groningen ()

Jan M. van der Molen
University of Groningen
'People travelled for numerous reasons,' so J.W. Drijvers submits at the beginning of his piece on travel and pilgrimage literature. Be it ‘commerce, government affairs, religion, education, military business or migration,’ people ‘made use of the elaborate system of roads and modes of transport such as wagons, horses and boats’ to traverse the far-reaching stretches of the Roman Empire. And for 4th century Christians in particular, participating in religious festivals as well as interaction with holy sites, sacred artifacts and clergymen had become greater a reason to travel still. Motivation to travel, in other words, was aplenty. But what exactly allowed for Christian religious travel in the 4th century AD to develop as quickly as it did?
Keywords Tourism in Antiquity  Travel and Religious Tourism  Pilgrimage and travel to the Holy Land  Historical Geography of the Biblical World  Constantine the Great, Roman Empire, Early Christianity  The fourth century AD  Itineraria  Christian Religious Travel  Periploï  Itinerarium Egeriae  Periegesis
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