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Appended Festivals

Kostas Buraselis

in Greek and Roman Festivals

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696093
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745744 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696093.003.0009
Appended Festivals

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From the Hellenistic period on, various Greek civic festivals in honour of traditional deities have been coordinated or even combined with similar expressions of the ruler cult. The usual results were festivals under a joint name, such as ‘Dionysia and Demetrieia’. These latter ‘appended’ festivals meant — practically and/or ideologically — a supplementary but no less important part of the whole festivity in the cities that instituted them. They helped them ensure the monarchs’ goodwill without swelling the relevant cult costs, especially when they shared an organisational framework with the old festivals of the cities. Such examples concerning Alexander and members of the dynasties of the Antigonids, the Seleucids and the Attalids are collected here and examined in detail. The continuation of this cult practice into the Roman period of the Greek East, both during the Republic and the Empire, is also sketched.

Keywords: Alexander; antigonids; appended festivals; attalids; civic festivals; Dionysia and Demetrieia; Hellenistic period; ruler cult; Seleucids

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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