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Title: Sacer, sacrum, sanctus, religiosus. Valutazioni e contraddizioni storico-semantiche
Authors: Chirassi Colombo, Ileana
Issue Date: 2013
Publisher: EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste
Source: Ileana Chirassi Colombo, " 'Sacer, sacrum, sanctus, religiosus'. Valutazioni e contraddizioni storico-semantiche", in Sacrum facere : Atti del I Seminario di Archeologia del Sacro : Trieste, 17-18 febbraio 2012, EUT Edizioni Università di Trieste, 2014, pp. 11-21.
Series/Report no.: Polymnia: Collana di Scienze dell'Antichità. Studi di Archeologia
5 (2013)
The paper focuses on the semantics inherent in concepts such as 'sacer sacrum, sanctus,
sanctum' in Latin and the influence they had in European cultural and political life.
Rudolph Otto dedicated to the 'sacred' a well-known book titled 'Das Heilige' 1917.
Acknowledgeding the impossibility to exactly understand the notion of 'sacer', he chooses
to translate it through 'numinous', from 'numen', a word that defines the impersonal manifestation
of absolute Power. At the end of the fifties, Mircea Eliade introduced the term
'hierophany' manifestation of the 'sacred', from the greek word 'hieron', to define something
absolutely powerful that can reveal itself and may be at human disposal.
We assume that, in a historical perspective, the sacred does not exist as such but we must
recognize it as a tremendously powerful device which can be used – as it has been used
and it is still used – in different ways in human History.
Type: Book Chapter
ISBN: 978-88-8303-507-4
Appears in Collections:Polymnia. Studi di Archeologia n.05

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