History of ThesCRA

ThesCRA (Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum)

 The ThesCRA (Thesaurus Cultus et Rituum Antiquorum) documents the evidence of classical antiquity concerning religious rituals and makes them accessible for research and to a wider public. Until its publication, there was no work of reference of this kind with systematic information on the cults and rites of classical antiquity. The ThesCRA covers likewise the iconographic representations of cults and rites, the literary sources and the realia. Images, monuments and texts are treated coequally. The ThesCRA presents the current state of research including unsolved problems. Scholars from different fields have collaborated in the ThesCRA.

The ThesCRA is not an alphabetic lexicon; it is arranged according to groups of themes each consisting of distinct chapters. Its main structure shows three levels:

  • dynamic elements, activities: ritual activities such as procession, sacrifice, banquets, purification, prayer and divination.
  • static elements: the places of cult with their constructions, the cult-personnel including instruments of cult and decoration.
  • context and circumstances of cultic and ritual activities.