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New Publication: A.J.M. Kropp, Images and Monuments of Near Eastern Dynasts

booksNew Publication on the theme of the representations of Hellenistic monarchic power through monuments and their connection with rituals. The chronological and regional focus makes this study particularly interesting with regard to the Eastern Mediterranean world at the passage from Hellenistic to Roman times.  Chapter 5 offers a large overview of cults for rulers. Continuer la lecture de New Publication: A.J.M. Kropp, Images and Monuments of Near Eastern Dynasts

New publication: R. Strootman, Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires

New publication on the theme of court and elites in the Hellenistic Empire.  After being available online since 2007, R. Strootman’s PhD thesis finally appears as a book, now in a considerably revised version,  and is expected to become a reference for the study of Hellenistic political, social and cultural history. Scholars in Hellenistic religion will find this book of seminal interest for any research approaching Hellenistic religions from a sociological perspective. Continuer la lecture de New publication: R. Strootman, Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires

Nuova pubblicazione: G. Cordiano, M. Zorat, Diodoro Siculo

Nuova pubblicazione in edizione economica BUR dei libri IV-VIII di Diodoro Siculo, con introduzione e commento. Questi libri sono di particolare importanza per lo studio della cultura e della religione ellenistica. Contengono, fra l’altro, la trattazione diodorea di alcuni fra i principali cicli mitologici greci, nonché i frammenti della Hiera anagraphe di Evemero, uno dei testi più significativi in merito alla ricezione culturale dei culti regali in età alto-ellenistica. Continuer la lecture de Nuova pubblicazione: G. Cordiano, M. Zorat, Diodoro Siculo

New Publication: Y. Volokhine, Le porc en Égypte ancienne

Nouvelle publication sur le porc dans la religion égyptienne de l’époque pharaonique et gréco-romaine. Pour les intérêts de ce carnet de recherche, on voudrait attirer l’attention sur la discussion  de la documentation ptolémaïque, qui est destinée à faire référence dans les études sur la vie religieuse dans l’Égypte hellénistique. Continuer la lecture de New Publication: Y. Volokhine, Le porc en Égypte ancienne

New Publication: 4th Century Karia

A new publication on the topic of classical and Hellenistic Karia. Scholars in Hellenistic religion will be interested in the paper by G. Bockisch (†), P. Ruggendorfer, L. Zabrana, “Temple and altars for Greek and Carian gods. New evidence for religious life in Alinda during the late Classical and Hellenistic Period”, p. 129-163.

4th Century Karia

Defining a Karia Identity under the Hekatomnids

Ed. by Olivier Henry

Series: Varia Anatolica XXVIII

The origins, identity and political behaviors of the Karians remain the subject of intense discussion among specialists. The political organization of Western Asia Minor during the 4th century BC offers an opportunity to explore such questions; it was during this period that local dynasts, the Hekatomnids, reached a position of authority in the region that allowed them to fully express their political ambitions and to promote their own material culture.

Analyses of various aspects of this material culture have led scholars to describe the Hekatomnids in very different ways. They have been portrayed both as Persian dynasts and Proto-Hellenistic Kings, although they were neither Greek nor Persian. This ambiguity is the result of attempts to approach the cultural identity of 4th century Karia in the light of the cultural power of its neighbors, rather than as the result of an intricate process of cultural interaction that included both local traditions and foreign borrowings.

Hekatomnid Karia is representative of the complex phenomenon of hybrid cultures that would later flourish in the Hellenistic World. Gathering specialists on Karian research, each offering a different approach, this book aims to cover a wide number of sources, from archaeological to geographical and historical. The collection of essays provides an interdisciplinary perspective, intended to revitalize discussions of the cultural dynamics relevant to 4th century Karia.


New Publication: Archéologie et religion : le sanctuaire dionysiaque de S. Abbondio à Pompéi

New publication concerning the archaeological campaign held in 2008 at the Dionysiac sanctuary of Sant’Abbonio in Pompei

Mélange de l’Ecole française de Rome – Antiquité, 215.1

Index; English/French abstracts; full html texts; good quality pictures; final bibliography available at the following link:

Abstract of the introduction by W. Van Andringa

An archaeological campaign was carried out in the temple of S. Abbondio at Pompeii in 2008. As well as the methodological aspect, which concerned the interdisciplinary approach of a cult place dedicated to Loufir-Dionysos, the aim was to try to describe the phases and the history of this well-known sanctuary at Pompeii. One question was the dating of the Doric temple located on a small hill, today eroded away, overlooking the Sarno valley. The data collected seem to show that the hill had been occupied during the Bronze Age and in the Archaic period, but there is at the moment no evidence of an earlier cult place. The construction of the temple took place in the middle of the third century BC. Another important element is the dating of the ramp and the inscribed altar, which would be later than the temple. There is, however, no trace of a thiasos before the Imperial period. The study is completed by an analysis of the archaeological material discovered in the ancient and new excavations: inscriptions, reliefs of the pediment, pottery, animal bones and plant remains.


New Publication: M. Horster, A. Klöckner (eds), Cities and Priests

A new publication on the topic of priesthoods and cult personnel in Hellenistic and Roman times in Asia Minor and the Aegean islands. This volume is second to a first volume published in 2012, which was focused on Athens. See the BMCR review and the review in Kernos.

Cities and Priests. Cult Personnel in Asia Minor and the Aegean Islands from the Hellenistic to the Imperial Period, ed. by M. Horster, A. Klöckner, Berlin/Boston, De Gruyter, 2012 (Religionsgeschichtliche Versuche und Vorarbeiten, 64)

Cultural records such as dedications, honorific statues and decrees are keys to understanding the manifold and diverse social roles and religious functions of priesthoods in the cities of Asia Minor and the Aegean islands from the classical period to late antiquity. These texts and images indicate how the priests and priestesses saw themselves and were viewed by others.
The approaches in this volume are historical, religious, and archaeological, and they elucidate the religious functions that the cult personnel fulfilled for the city, and the perception of priests and priestesses as citizens of the polis. The volume focuses on developments from the Hellenistic period into Imperial times. Subjects include: gendered priesthoods and family traditions, the topography of honorary statues and the presentation of funerary monuments, federal and civic priesthoods as well as priests of private cult-foundations, benefactions and social pressure, and the religious, social and political functions of priests and priestesses within cities.

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New Publication: M. Giuseppetti, L’isola esile. Studi sull’Inno a Delo di Callimaco

New publication on the topic of Callimachus’ Hymn to Delos:

L’isola esile

Studi sull’Inno a Delo di Callimaco

M. Giuseppetti (Università di Roma Tre)

Sommario: Prefazione. Introduzione. Capitolo primo – Un canto per Delo. 1. L’architettura encomiastica dell’Inno a Delo. 2. La gloria di un’isola lagide. 3. Contesto, destinazione e strategie poetiche. Capitolo secondo – “Le primizie delle Muse”. 1. Un’isola fra gli dèi. 2. Diacronie dell’eulogia. 3. Delo nel liber callimacheo. Capitolo terzo – Nel laboratorio di Callimaco. 1. Da Omero a Pindaro. 2. Miti epici, modelli lirici e risonanze drammatiche. Capitolo quarto – Apollo profeta. 1. La voce di Apollo. 2. Non Tebe, non Cos. 3. Il regno del Filadelfo. 4. La vittoria sui Galati. Capitolo quinto – Aspetti dello stile. 1. Il vocabolario. 2. Narrazione e discorsi. 3. Similitudini. Capitolo sesto – La metamorfosi di Delo. 1. Il paradosso di Delo. 2. La nascita di Apollo. 3. “La più sacra delle isole”. Bibliografia. Indici. Abstract