Municipal Imperial Cults

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:
 Municipal Imperial Cults

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Synthesizes the existing evidence for municipal imperial cults in the cities of Asia (Ephesos, Priene, Miletos, Sardis, Pergamon). An examination of imperial cults in temple settings and those without temples shows that municipal imperial cults permeated city life and were more attuned to local piety. In comparison with provincial imperial cults, the municipal institutions were more variegated in their formats and in the objects of worship. There was more incorporation of imperial figures into the cults of other deities, more assimilation of imperial figures to specific deities, and a different standard for the language of divinization.

Keywords: Asia; divinization; Ephesos; Miletos; Pergamon; Priene; provincial imperial cults; Sardis

Chapter.  7612 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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