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Areas of responsibility of highest officials of the eastern provincial imperial cult / ‘Priest’ – ‘Eparchy-arch’ – ‘Speaker of the ethnos’


Vitale, Marco (2016). Areas of responsibility of highest officials of the eastern provincial imperial cult / ‘Priest’ – ‘Eparchy-arch’ – ‘Speaker of the ethnos’. Mnemosyne: monographs on Greek and Latin language and literature:82-111.

Abstract

In the Roman Eastern provinces, the concept and rituals of a province-wide imperial cult were based on a pre-existing tradition of Hellenistic ruler’s divinization and worship. But its formal mise en place was conformed to the new territorial framework of Roman administration: a gubernatorial provincia/ἐπαρχεία appears subdivided into several administrative sub-provinces that were likewise called provinciae/ἐπαρχεῖαι. The cities of almost all known eparchies in terms of sub-provinces formed koina responsible for the provincial imperial cult and the political representation of the provincials headed by priestly officials, such as bithyniarchai or ‘(high-)priests of the eparchy/-ies’, whose titles refer explicitly to the represented sub-province. The correlation between these koina and Roman territorial administration from almost all Eastern provinces demands more political functions of the koinon-officials than only priestly ones, as shown by the frequently combined titulatures.

Abstract

In the Roman Eastern provinces, the concept and rituals of a province-wide imperial cult were based on a pre-existing tradition of Hellenistic ruler’s divinization and worship. But its formal mise en place was conformed to the new territorial framework of Roman administration: a gubernatorial provincia/ἐπαρχεία appears subdivided into several administrative sub-provinces that were likewise called provinciae/ἐπαρχεῖαι. The cities of almost all known eparchies in terms of sub-provinces formed koina responsible for the provincial imperial cult and the political representation of the provincials headed by priestly officials, such as bithyniarchai or ‘(high-)priests of the eparchy/-ies’, whose titles refer explicitly to the represented sub-province. The correlation between these koina and Roman territorial administration from almost all Eastern provinces demands more political functions of the koinon-officials than only priestly ones, as shown by the frequently combined titulatures.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:08 University Research Priority Programs > Asia and Europe
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
180 Ancient, medieval & eastern philosophy
Language:Albanian
Date:2016
Deposited On:19 Feb 2015 14:10
Last Modified:15 Apr 2016 03:07
Publisher:Brill
ISSN:0026-7074
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1163/1568525x-12341727
Official URL:http://booksandjournals.brillonline.com/content/journals/10.1163/1568525x-12341727

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