The volume The Politics of Honour in the Greek Cities of the Roman Empire, co-edited by Anna Heller and Onno van Nijf, studies the public honours that Greek cities bestowed upon their own citizens and foreign dignitaries and benefactors. These included civic praise, crowns, proedria, public funerals, honorific statues and monuments. The authors discuss the development of this honorific system, and in particular the epigraphic texts and the monuments through which it is accessible. The focus is on the Imperial period (1st-3rd centuries AD). The papers investigate the forms of honour, the procedures and formulae of local practices, as well as the changes in local honorific habits that resulted from the integration of the Greek cities in the Roman Empire.
Anna Heller is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Tours. Her main interest lies in the social and institutional history of the Greek city under Roman rule, as it emerges from the epigraphical evidence from Asia Minor.
Onno van Nijf is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Groningen. He is a specialist on the Greek world under Roman rule. He has published on social and political history, and athletics in the later Greek city.
Contributors are: Kostas Buraselis, Francesco Camia, Christopher Dickenson, Valentina Di Napoli, Henri-Louis Fernoux, Gabrielle Frija, Anne Gangloff, Olivier Gengler, Nikos Giannakopoulos, Eric Guerber, Christina Kokkinia, Annika Kuhn, Christina Kuhn, Sophie Lalanne, Martin Szewczyk, Olivier Ventroux, Jean-Baptiste Yon, Sophia Zoumbaki, Arjan Zuiderhoek
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Introduction: Civic Honours, from Classical to Roman Times Anna Heller and Onno van Nijf
Part 1: The Economy of Honour: Financial and Symbolic Exchanges
1 Praise and Honour Olivier Gengler
2 Les timai dans le discours civique et moral à la fin du ier siècle ap. J.-C. Anne Gangloff
3 La gestion des statues honorifiques à Rhodes à la fin du ier siècle ap. J.-C. d’après le Rhodiakos de Dion de Pruse (Or. XXXI) Henri Fernoux
4 The Financing of Public Honours in Greece during the Roman Imperial Period: The Case of Honorary Statues in the Cities of the Greek Mainland Francesco Camia
Part 2: Honorific Communities: Competition and Negotiation
5 Le témoignage de Chariton d’Aphrodisias sur la pratique civique des honneurs Sophie Lalanne
6 Un-civic benefactions?: Gifts to Non-citizens and Civic Honours in the Greek Cities of the Roman East Arjan Zuiderhoek
7 The Refusal of the Highest Honours by Members of the Urban Elites in Roman Asia Minor Christina T. Kuhn
8 Decrees Awarding Offices for Life and by Hereditary Right as Honours Nikos Giannakopoulos
Part 3: The Impact of Rome: Integration and Domination
9 Romans in the poleis of Greek Mainland and Adjacent Islands: The Evolution of their Relations in the Light of Honorific Texts Sophia Zoumbaki
10 Les honneurs des cités d’Asie aux proches des gouverneurs Gabrielle Frija
11 Curateurs de cités et honneurs civiques Éric Guerber
12 Honouring Senators and Equestrians in the Graeco-Roman East Annika B. Kuhn
13 Le premier des citoyens à Pergame sous le Haut-Empire : C. Antius Aulus Iulius Quadratus Olivier Ventroux
Part 4: Cities and Empire: Honours between Local and Global
14 Martyriai: Civic Honours and Imperial Government Christina Kokkinia
15 On the Rhetoric of Imperial Majesty: Elements of the Ideological Interaction between Emperor and Imperial Society on the Basis of Civic Decrees, Imperial Pronouncements and Literary Testimonies in the Greek East Kostas Buraselis
16 “στᾶ[ν]αι δὲ αὐτοῦ καὶ κατὰ φυλὴν ἀνδριάντας ἐν τῷ προσκηνίῳ”: Honorary Statues in the Theatres of Roman Greece Valentina Di Napoli
17 The Agora as Setting for Honorific Statues in Roman Greece Christopher Dickenson
18 L’iconographie des honneurs civiques statuaires pour les notables d’époque impériale Martin Szewczyk
19 Le reflet des honneurs Jean-Baptiste Yon
All interested in the epigraphy and political history of the Greek city in the Hellenistic and Roman periods.