Geografie 2019, 124, 265-280

The role of spatial visual analysis in historical religious studies

Adam Mertel1, Zdeněk Stachoň1, Tomáš Glomb2, Tomáš Hampejs2, Vojtěch Kaše2, Aleš Chalupa2, Dalibor Papoušek2

1Masaryk University, Faculty of Science, Department of Geography, Brno, Czechia
2Masaryk University, Faculty of Arts, Department for the Study of Religions, Brno, Czechia

Received August 2018
Accepted April 2019

This paper examines the possibilities and benefits of spatial visual analysis in exploring and answering a hypothesis proposed in a historical study of religions. The content was based on the GEHIR project, which studies the history of ancient Graeco-Roman religions using innovative methods applied in the study of complex systems. The first part of the paper describes three case studies and their hypotheses and input datasets. Relevant spatial methods are subsequently proposed and were implemented as a web-based map application deployed online ( Apart from certain constraints, the new option and benefit of using visual analysis brings a unique view to phenomena in historical research. This could open new discussions and contribute to the dissemination of geographic methods to, and overall knowledge of, historians.


This work was supported by the project GEHIR “A Generative Historiography of the Ancient Mediterranean, ID MUNI/M/1867/2014” and by the Specific Research project “MUNI/A/1576/2018, Complex research of the geographical environment of the planet Earth”, both funded by Masaryk University.


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