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motivated by fear: R. Lanciani observed that he had never seen a building so devastated as the palace ofthe Symmachi and of the Nicomachi, which he studied in the 1880's. He saw in it the vengeance of the Roman populace upon the leading pagan aristocratic family after the battle: The Ruins and

In: Twelve gods of Greece and Rome

motivated similarly, although the honouring agent is restricted to the Beni Maazin. RSP, no. 159 relates that the goddess Allat and the FOR THE LIFE OF •.. 'FAMILY' 159 Beni Nurbel honour a member of the Beni Maazin. Again Allat, now probably assisted by the Beni Maazin-the inscription is slightly dam

In: Life and Loyalty

the dedications made for the life of, a certain amount of reserve should be exercised as well. First of all, because it is precisely this rather vague formula that is presented as motivating the act of dedication, whereas the reasons in the examples Burkert refers to, seafaring and healing from

In: Life and Loyalty

include the infl uence of Hel- lenistic cultural elements, such as social life and organization, linguistic elements, such as the use of the Greek language and Greek literature, and political elements, the result of living in a world that was fi rst conquered and joined together by Alexander the

In: Paul: Jew, Greek, and Roman

dedicated. In the early dynastic period, we know of several people who set up a statue of themselves for their own life and the lives of their family members.142 This practice, which is reminiscent of some of the stat- ues that were found in Hatra, is religiously motivated and cannot be interpreted as

In: The Variety of Local Religious Life in the Near East

. In the first century B.C. Yarhibol had a shrine at Efca (ibid., p. lI4, n. 39). The preeminence given to the god by the Palmyrenes living in Dura-Europos is manifested by a dedicatory formula that conse- crated one of the temples of the town to Bel and Yarhibol. The inscription reads as follows

In: The Pantheon of Palmyra

Delphic Apollo himself knew a lot about what the ghosts of the dead were up to and frequently conveyed that knowledge to the living, thus serving as mediator between the two realms. Fifty- four of our 519 extant oracular responses from Delphi—10.4%— concern the dead. This exceeds the number of responses

In: Mantikê

CHAPTER FIVE FOR THE LIFE OF ... INCIDENTAL FINDINGS AND GREEK AND LATIN EQUIVALENTS Apart from the clusters of dedicatory inscriptions containing the Aramaic formula 'I/:tyy or a Greek or Latin equivalent found in Hatra, Palmyra and the Nabataean Empire, incidental findings have been made

In: Life and Loyalty

those divinities who could provide protection and encouragement to individuals threatened by the vicissitudes of ordinary life. This Artemidoros was a curious person. He included his own portrait among the carvings in the {emenos, in a rather prominent place, just to the right of the dolphin of

In: Theoi Megaloi

regarded as the beginning of papyrology as an academic discipline.1 Today we take it for granted that the massive number of documentary papyri that have been edited since then and those still awaiting publication help to paint a colorful pic- ture of the political, social, and cultural life surrounding

In: New Testament Manuscripts