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  • Print publication year: 2019
  • Online publication date: July 2019

Chapter VI - “In those days Mary set out …”


Chapter VI examines the peripatetic lifestyle of Jesus and his followers, his family, his disciples, and the apostles. Studies of ancient mobility usually restrict themselves to consideration of the Roman elites and other closely associated issues such as the cursus publicus. Despite their low social status, the travel patterns of the various biblical protagonists did not represent anything unusual within the context of Greco-Roman society. Epigraphic records and literary sources confirm the story told by papyrus customs receipts and private letters indicating a high level of mobility among the lower classes of the Roman Empire.