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Economy of the Sacred in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor

Beate Dignas


This book challenges the idea that sanctuaries in Hellenistic and Roman Asia Minor were fully institutionalised within the cities that hosted them. Examining the forms of interaction between rulers, cities, and sanctuaries, the book proposes a triangular relationship in which the rulers often acted as mediators between differing interests of city and cult. A close analysis of the epigraphical evidence based on inscriptions illustrates that neither the Hellenistic kings nor the representatives of Roman rule appropriated the property of the gods but actively supported the functioning of the sanc ... More

Keywords: Roman Asia Minor, inscriptions, Hellenistic period, rulers, sanctuaries, cults, cities

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2002 Print ISBN-13: 9780199254088
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199254088.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Beate Dignas, author
Assistant Professor of History at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor