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Greek and Roman FestivalsContent, Meaning, and Practice$
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J. Rasmus Brandt and Jon W. Iddeng

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199696093

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696093.001.0001

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Appended Festivals

Appended Festivals

The Coordination and Combination of Traditional Civic and Ruler Cult Festivals in the Hellenistic and Roman East

(p.247) 8 Appended Festivals
Greek and Roman Festivals

Kostas Buraselis

Oxford University Press

From the Hellenistic period on, various Greek civic festivals in honour of traditional deities have been coordinated or even combined with similar expressions of the ruler cult. The usual results were festivals under a joint name, such as ‘Dionysia and Demetrieia’. These latter ‘appended’ festivals meant — practically and/or ideologically — a supplementary but no less important part of the whole festivity in the cities that instituted them. They helped them ensure the monarchs’ goodwill without swelling the relevant cult costs, especially when they shared an organisational framework with the old festivals of the cities. Such examples concerning Alexander and members of the dynasties of the Antigonids, the Seleucids and the Attalids are collected here and examined in detail. The continuation of this cult practice into the Roman period of the Greek East, both during the Republic and the Empire, is also sketched.

Keywords:   Alexander, antigonids, appended festivals, attalids, civic festivals, Dionysia and Demetrieia, Hellenistic period, ruler cult, Seleucids

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