The Variety of Local Religious Life in the Near East: In the Hellenistic and Roman Periods

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Ted Kaizer
BRILL, 2008 - Religion - 329 pages
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A a ~Near Eastern religiona (TM), along the lines of a ~Greek religiona (TM) or a ~Roman religiona (TM), is hard to distinguish for the Classical period, since the religious cultures of the many cities, villages and regions that constituted the Near East in the Hellenistic and Roman periods were, despite some obvious similarities, above all very different from each other. This collection of articles by scholars from different disciplines (Ancient History, Archaeology, Art-History, Epigraphy, Numismatics, Oriental Studies, Theology) contributes to our quest for understanding the polytheistic cults of the Near East as a whole by bringing out the variety between the different local and regional forms of worship in this part of the world.

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Ted Kaizer Introduction
Milette Gaifman The aniconic image of the Roman Near East
Julien Aliquot Sanctuaries and villages on Mt Hermon during the Roman period
temples of the basalt lands Trachon and Hauran
Achim Lichtenberger Artemis and Zeus Olympios in Roman Gerasa and Seleucid religious policy
the local cult of Mt Gerizim
sacrifice lectisternia and banquets
Peter W Haider Tradition and change in the beliefs at Assur Nineveh and Nisibis between 300 BC and AD 300
Jürgen Tubach Ephraem Syrus and the solar cult
Index of geographical and place names
Index of divine and mythological names
Index of personal names
General index

a note on the statues of kings and nobles from Hatra

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About the author (2008)

Ted Kaizer, MA (Leiden, 1995), DPhil (Oxford, 2000), is Lecturer in Roman Culture and History at the University of Durham. He is the author of The Religious Life of Palmyra (Franz Steiner Verlag, 2002).Contributors include: Julien Aliquot, Lucinda Dirven, Milette Gaifman, Peter Haider, Ted Kaizer, Jonathan Kirkpatrick, Achim Lichtenberger, Arthur Segal, and Jürgen Tubach

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