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Philostratus's Heroikos: Religion and Cultural Identity in the Third Century C.E.
Ellen Bradshaw Aitken, Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean
This multidimensional collection of essays explores the interrelation of religion, cultural identity, politics, literature, myth, and memory during the Roman Empire by focusing on the cultural dynamics embedded in and surrounding Philostratus’s
an early third-century C.E. dialogue about Homer and the heroes of the Trojan War. The essays focus on ritual and literary dimensions of hero cult; cultural and community identity reflected in the
and in early Christianity; and the cultural, literary, and political turn toward heroes in the negotiation of difference, particularly with those outside the Roman Empire. Contributors to this volume include classicists, archaeologists, ancient historians, and scholars of early Christianity.
This volume is a companion to the new translation of the
published in SBL’s Writings from the Greco-Roman World series in two versions:
Flavius Philostratus: Heroikos
Flavius Philostratus: On Heroes.
Ellen Bradshaw Aitken
is Associate Professor of Early Christian History and Literature at McGill University in Montreal.
Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean
is Associate Professor of Religion at Roanoke College in Salem, Virginia.
PART I. PROTESILAOS: THE WITNESS OF THE HEROES
Singing Heroes—The Poetics of Hero Cult in the
—Corinne Ondine Pache
Hero Worship and Christian Beliefs: Observations from the History of Religion on Philostratus’s
—Hans Dieter Betz
Illuminating the Classics with the Heroes of Philostratus
—Casey Dué and Gregory Nagy
Apollonius of Tyana, Hero and Holy Man
Transferring the Cults of Heroes in Ancient Greece: A Political and Religious Act
Jason, Hypsipyle, and New Fire at Lemnos: A Study in Myth and Ritual
PART II. THE WINEDRESSER: STRATEGIES FOR THE CONSTRUCTION OF CULTURE
Refuting Homer in the
Living in the Past: Allusive Narratives and Elusive Authorities in the World of the
Material Witness: An Archaeological Context for the
—Susan E. Alcock
and Early Christianity: Heroes, Saints, and Martyrs
—Jackson P. Hershbell
and Popular Christianity in the Third Century C.E.
—James C. Skedros
Jesus as Cult Hero in the Fourth Gospel
—Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean
PART III. THE PHOENICIAN: HELLENES AND FOREIGNERS
and the Regions of the Northern Aegean
The Harvest of Wisdom: Landscape, Description, and Identity in the
] of the
and the Unfolding Transformation of the Phoenician Merchant
—Jennifer K. Berenson Maclean
Why a Phoenician? A Proposal for the Historical Occasion for the
—Ellen Bradshaw Aitken
and the Ideation of Late Severan Policy toward Arsacid and Sasanian Iran
—M. Rahim Shayegan
Beyond the Euphrates in Severan Times: Mani, Bar Daysan, and the Struggle for Allegiance on the Syrian Frontier
—Sidney H. Griffith
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