Reception of the Biblical and Eastern Antiquity in Early Modern records: travellers and pilgrims from Portugal to the Holy Land (16th-17th centuries)

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Abstract

It is well known that ever since ancient times there are records of pilgrimages between Portugal and the Holy Land – this was especially true during the Early Modern Age. Throughout the 16th and 17th centuries, the adventurous spirit of the Early Modern agents and the expansion of the Portuguese power into some Eastern areas resulted in the increase of the journeys and pilgrimages’ records written by Portuguese who travelled to Jerusalem. But how did the historical actors of the 16th and 17th centuries perceived the history of the Near East - namely the one of sacred places? And which were the perceptions they had on Biblical Antiquity?
Travel literature regarding the pilgrimages to the Holy Land provides several perspectives concerning these issues. Taking the texts of Jerónimo Calvo, Francisco Guerreiro, António de Lisboa, Pantaleão de Aveiro, D. Álvaro da Costa and António Soares de Albergaria, I intend to analyse some references to the geography and to the biblical characters or episodes of the Old Testament, evaluating the interpretations that these travellers assigned them.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationImages, Perceptions and Productions in and of Antiquity
EditorsMaria Helena Trindade Lopes, André Patrício
Place of PublicationNewcastle upon Tyne
PublisherCambridge Scholars Publishing
ChapterSection 3
Pages334-345
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-5275-9275-9
Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2023
EventInternational Congress In Thy Arms I Lost Myself: Images, Perceptions and Productions In / Of Antiquity - NOVA FCSH, Lisboa, Portugal
Duration: 9 Oct 201911 Oct 2019
http://antiquitylisbon2019.mozello.pt/

Conference

ConferenceInternational Congress In Thy Arms I Lost Myself: Images, Perceptions and Productions In / Of Antiquity
Country/TerritoryPortugal
CityLisboa
Period9/10/1911/10/19
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Keywords

  • Portuguese travellers
  • 16th and 17th centuries
  • Land routes
  • Biblical history
  • Reception of Antiquity

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