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Based on the survey of around 30 000 inscriptions from Asia Minor, this paper offers a study of Greek honorific titles awarded to emperors and members of the imperial family. It illuminates the contexts in which such titles are used, their frequency and their chronological and typological distribution. It focuses on the special case of Hadrian, celebrated as “saviour and founder” all over the Greek world, with a particularly intense use of these titles in Miletus and Pergamon. Overall, these two titles are, together with that of “benefactor,” the most common ones for the emperors, strongly in line with the civic discourse elaborated during the Hellenistic period. The moral qualities of the emperors are almost never highlighted through the use of titles, while the universal nature of their power is acknowledged by elaborating on traditional titles (“benefactor or saviour of the whole world”) or by inventing new titles, reflecting a change in the ideology of imperial rule (“master of land and sea”).

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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.
In: The Politics of Honour in the Greek Cities of the Roman Empire
In: The Politics of Honour in the Greek Cities of the Roman Empire
In: The Politics of Honour in the Greek Cities of the Roman Empire
In: The Politics of Honour in the Greek Cities of the Roman Empire
In: The Politics of Honour in the Greek Cities of the Roman Empire