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Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World$
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Beate Dignas and R. R. R. Smith

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199572069

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572069.001.0001

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The Discovery of Inscriptions and the Legitimation of New Cults

The Discovery of Inscriptions and the Legitimation of New Cults

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(p.241) 11 The Discovery of Inscriptions and the Legitimation of New Cults
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Historical and Religious Memory in the Ancient World
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Aude Busine

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199572069.003.0011

This chapter focuses on the discovery of allegedly ‘old’ inscriptions in pagan and Christian antiquity. The forgeries were supposed to be antique and sacred, and aimed at legitimising new cults. Although a pagan practice, it was also adopted by the Christians, as they wanted to reuse temples as churches. The use of pseudo-pagan ex eventu prophecies contrasts with the well-known politics of destruction of pagan religious buildings by Christian authorities.

Keywords:   Christians, churches, forgery, new cults, pagans, prophecies, temples

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