An Imperial Freedman’s Dedication in Phrygia

Rosalinda A. KEARSLEY   523–528

 

Abstract: Although members of the imperial familia lived within the Greek communities of Asia primarily to administer and enforce Roman law, the surviving epigraphic evidence for their pres­ence mainly relates to their interaction with local society. The dedications made to Zeus Bennios by Flavius Helius and his wife preserve substantial information about their cultural and religious connections. The interpretation of Helius’ official designation, eirenophylax τῆς παρχείας, is aided by consideration of the shape and decoration of the stelai on which the texts were engraved.

Keywords: Phrygia; Zeus Bennios; Flavius Helius; imperial freedman; eirenophylax.

 

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