Neokoroi: Greek Cities and Roman Emperors

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BRILL, 2004 - History - 422 pages
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The neokoroi, or 'temple-wardens,' were Hellenized cities of the eastern Roman empire who received that title for possessing their provinces' temples to the living emperor. This work collects and analyzes all the evidence for the neokoroi, including their coins and inscriptions, contemporary and subsequent historical texts, and the archaeological remains of the temples themselves and the statues that stood within them.
There were at least thirty-seven neokoroi, and each is examined in a separate chapter. The results are then reanalyzed chronologically, clarifying the development of the institution. Finally the statues, temples, cities, and provinces are compared, resulting in new insights into the rivalry and hierarchy among the cities, and the dialogue of worship that related them to their Roman overlords.
 

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Contents

Forms of Evidence
6
How to Use This Book
12
Koinon of Bithynia
147
Koinon of Galatia
166
Cities of Pamphylia
175
Koinon of Macedonia
191
Koinon of Pontus
205
Koinon of Cilicia
212
Syria Palaestina Samaria
260
Pisidia
266
Introduction
273
The Temples
305
The Cities
331
The Koina and their Officials
343
The Roman Powers
359
Conclusion
372

Koinon of Armenia
234
Koinon of Thrace
242
Koinon of Phoenicia
252
Charts
395
Indices
401
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About the author (2004)

Barbara Burrell is Associate Research Professor of Classics at the University of Cincinnati.