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The Pious King: Royal Patronage of Temples

Caroline Waerzeggers

in The Oxford Handbook of Cuneiform Culture

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199557301
Published online September 2012 | | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199557301.013.0034

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

The Pious King: Royal Patronage of Temples

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This article explores the royal patronage of temples and the place of temples as centers of worship in the Neo-Babylonian period. It examines the ideological basis underlying the interactions between temple and palace and describes the relationship between kings and priests, who were tied together in a triangular relationship through their joint worship of the gods. It discusses the beneficence of the king, the divine origin of the kingly task, and the role of the king as judge of priestly performance.

Keywords: temples; royal patronage; Neo-Babylonia period; palace; kings; priests

Article.  12246 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World

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