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Art of Sacred Space: GRC/Art History/Religion 0803 / 0903

a library guide for this General Education course

Option 2

2) Research a Sacred Space In and Around Philadelphia like the Laurel Hill Cemetery or Japanese teahouse in Fairmont Park.  Compare this to one of the sacred objects or spaces that we studied: how are they the same? How are they different?

Step by Step

Keywords to Consider for Searching

Try to determine the various concepts that make up your topic and then write down synonyms. You can collect keywords from the internet, from encyclopedias and dictionaries, from you syllabus, and other places. It's not a formal process. It's more like picking blueberries.


Religion: religion, religious, pagan, paganism, jews, christians, god/gods, sacred, worship, shrines, temples of vesta, venus genetrix, mars ultor, churches, synagogues, domestic gods, household gods, catacombs, local gods, olympus, jupiter, cults, cemeteries, tombs, prayer, sacrifice


Public vs. Private: public, private, private life, home, hearth, household, domestic, domus, buildings, religious buildings, monuments, forum, colisseum, senate, emperor, temples, pantheon


Crafts: pottery, coins, coinage, jewelry, textiles, glass, technology, fayyum, terracotta, votives, frescoes, mosaics, statues, painting, metallurgy, silversmithing, bronze, pewter, enamelling, minting, ironmaking, blacksmithing, woodwork, leatherwork, stucco


Rome and Empire: rome, roman, latium, tiber, sicily, pompeii, egypt, greece, near east, north africa, gaul, britain, ancient world, antiquity, classical world, greco-roman world, mediterranean


Life Stages: birth, coming of age, wedding, marriage, death, funerals, burials


Reasons for Worship: propitiation, luck, curse, blessings, forgiveness