Guest lecture with Rikard Roitto: Dedications as Aggressions
Votive offerings and other dedications to gods were normally gifts that fulfilled vows or expressed gratitude.
But human ingenuity knows no bounds, especially not in conflicts. We can therefore find several examples of ritual innovation among Jews, Christians, Greeks and Romans in Roman antiquity, where dedications of people and property to the gods functioned as aggressions to involve the gods in ongoing interpersonal conflicts.
About Rikard Roitto
Docent Rikard Roitto is University Lecturer and teaches New Testament Studies at the Stockholm School of Theology at University College Stockholm. He is currently researching Moral Repair in Interpersonal Conflicts in Antiquity. Among his publications are Behaving as a Christ-Believer (2011, reprint 2021), The Oxford Handbook of Early Christian Ritual (2018), Social and Cognitive Perspectives on the Sermon on the Mount (2021), and Teknoteologi: AI och människans villkor (2021).