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Provincial Cults from Gaius to Domitian

Steven J. Friesen

in Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John

Published in print November 2001 | ISBN: 9780195131536
Published online November 2003 | e-ISBN: 9780199834198 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195131533.003.0004
 Provincial Cults from Gaius to Domitian

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Completes the survey begun in the previous chapter by discussing the abortive attempt to establish a provincial imperial cult for Gaius (Caligula) at Miletus around 40 c.e.; changes in the organization of high priests and high priestesses of Asia; and the temple of the Sebasteion at Ephesus under Domitian (89–90 c.e.). The survey demonstrates that provincial imperial cult institutions enforced new spatial and temporal perspectives that were focused on Rome and the Roman emperors. These provincial cults also helped establish a new imperial discourse within the province of Asia. They were crucial cosmological symbols that supported Roman imperialism and defined an evolving provincial identity.

Keywords: Asia; Caligula; emperors; Ephesus; high priest; high priestess; Miletus; provincial imperial cults; Roman

Chapter.  6096 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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