Another century of gods ? A re-evaluation of Seleukid ruler cult.

Erickson, Kyle (2018) Another century of gods ? A re-evaluation of Seleukid ruler cult. Classical quarterly, 68 (1). pp. 1-15. ISSN 0009 8388

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Abstract

This paper argues that numismatic representations portraying living Seleukid kings as divine can be found before the reign of Antiochos III on royal coinage. Furthermore, the numismatic evidence does not support a claim that Antiochos III presented his own divinity on coinage in a way that is significantly different from that of his predecessors. Instead it was not until the reign of Antiochos IV that the living king was unequivocally portrayed as divine through the legend on his coinage. The numismatic evidence therefore differs from the epigraphic evidence as it is only under Antiochos III that there is inscriptional evidence for the recognition of a deified living Seleukid king in a non-civic context. This paper argues that the coinage re-examined here provides evidence for the royal presentation of the kings’ divinity in a non-civic context. In doing so, this paper opens the possibility of re-assessing when a Seleukid royal cult developed.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Numismatics Seleukids
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CJ Numismatics
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Divisions: Institutes and Academies > Institute of Education and Humanities > Academic Discipline: Humanities
Depositing User: Sandra Stedman
Date Deposited: 23 May 2017 13:48
Last Modified: 17 Jan 2020 12:16
URI: https://repository.uwtsd.ac.uk/id/eprint/735

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