The Materiality of Hellenistic Ruler Cults

Editeur(s) : Caneva Stephane

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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.

    Collection : Kernos, Suppléments

  • Publication 2020
  • ISSN 0776-3824
  • ISBN 978-2-87562-242-6
  • Support Livre broché
  • Num. dans la collection 36
  • Nombre de pages 300

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



Index of ancient sources

General index