Stephane Caneva

The Materiality of Hellenistic Ruler Cults

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    Edité par Stephane Caneva
    Editeur PULg - Presses de l'Université de Liège
    Diffuseur Association de Boccard

    Studies in the cultic honours for Hellenistic leaders and benefactors mainly focus on the ideological and diplomatic features of the phenomenon. Conversely, the papers collected in this volume aim to shift the focus to its material and practical aspects: media, ritual action and space, agency, administration and funding. Specialists in Hellenistic history, epigraphy, papyrology, numismatics, and archaeology provide fresh reassessments of a variety of documentary dossiers concerning both institutional and non-institutional agents (cities, kingdoms; individuals, associations), Greek and non-Greek, across the Hellenistic Eastern Mediterranean world. Moreover, this interdisciplinary investigation of the materiality of rituals addressed to human benefactors as to, or together with, traditional gods allows us to go beyond a commonly accepted yet methodologically arbitrary separation between cultic honours for deities and for human beings. The latter are often still considered as an isolated and paradoxical feature of ancient Greek polytheism, and as a deviation from ‘traditional’ religion, i.e., the cults for gods and heroes as they were already practised in the archaic and classical polis. Rather, the case studies dealt with in this book contribute to shedding new light on the way ancient people could exploit the ritual and administrative toolkit of their religious system in order to satisfy new needs. In other words, one may state that cultic honours for political leaders do not provide an exception to the way Greek polytheism functioned, but are fully embedded within it, and substantially contributed to its development in the Hellenistic age.

    Introduction: Rituals, materiality, and the cultic honours for Hellenistic political leaders, by Stefano G. Caneva Media, Supports, and Circulation Stefano G. Caneva, L’importance de la matérialité. Le rôle des petits autels, plaques et bases inscrits dans la compréhension des cultes pour les souverains Olga Palagia, The cult statues of the Ptolemies and the Attalids Stefan Pfeiffer, Offerings and libations for the king and the question of ruler-cult in Egyptian temples Ritual Space and Practice Rolf Strootman, Christina G. Williamson, Creating a royal landscape: Hekatomnid use of urban and rural sacred sites in fourth-century Karia Mario C.D. Paganini, Cults for the rulers in private settings: The gymnasia and associations of Hellenistic Egypt Stefano G. Caneva, Les honneurs cultuels pour Attale III à Pergame (IvP I 246) Agency, Administration, and Funding Catharine C. Lorber, Who pays the bill? Monetary aspects of royal cult in the Ptolemaic Kingdom Stefano G. Caneva, Luca Lorenzon, Les hymnes pour les chefs politiques dans les fêtes civiques. L’apport local à la construction des mythologies royales Afterword, by Stefano G. Caneva List of contributors Abstracts Bibliography Index of ancient sources General index

    Livre Broché
    Date de parution 2020-11-27
    Nbr Pages Rom 0
    Nbr Pages Arabes 300
    Couleurs -3
    Collection Kernos. Suppléments
    ISBN 13 978-2-87562-242-6
    Type Nom