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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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/0195131533.003.0006
 Municipal Imperial Cults

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Closer scrutiny of two well‐documented temples adds nuance to the survey in the preceding chapter. The Sebasteion at Aphrodisias and the Augusteion at Ephesos show the diversity that is included in the concept “municipal imperial cults.” These cults were part of a new discursive practice in Asia that allowed novel and creative representations of civic identities within the Roman imperial system. They presented the imperial cosmology in a vernacular mode.

Keywords: Aphrodisias; Asia; Augusteion; cosmology; Ephesos; Roman; Sebasteion; temples

Chapter.  8565 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Biblical Studies

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