Imperial Cult, Greek Gods and Local Society in Demetrias (Thessaly)

Sofia KRAVARİTOU   552–566

 

Abstract: The gradual establishment of Italians and Romans in the region of Ancient Demetrias in eastern Thessaly, following the decline of the Macedonian power in the second century BC, as well as their eventual contact with the local population and its authorities, composed the new socio-political frame that also brought together for the first time Greek Gods and Roman Emperors. The aim of this paper is to shed light on the representations of the imperial power within the civic and sacred space of the city, following the honorific attitude displayed by local authorities and private individuals, as well as on its effect on shaping local political and religious identities.

Keywords: Ruler’s cult; Imperial cult; Greek traditional cults; euergetism; honorific attitude; Koinon; elite.

 

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