Reference : Given to a Deity? Religious and Social Reappraisal of Human Consecrations in the Hell...
Scientific journals : Article
Arts & humanities : History
Arts & humanities : Classical & oriental studies
http://hdl.handle.net/2268/139234
Given to a Deity? Religious and Social Reappraisal of Human Consecrations in the Hellenistic and Roman East
English
Caneva, Stefano mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de l'antiquité > Département des sciences de l'antiquité >]
Delli Pizzi, Aurian mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de l'antiquité > Département des sciences de l'antiquité >]
2015
Classical Quarterly
Oxford University Press
65
1
167-191
Yes (verified by ORBi)
International
0009-8388
1471-6844
[en] consecration ; hieros ; manumission ; epigraphy ; Greek ; Roman ; hierodoulos ; slave manumission ; paramone
[en] Various cases of human beings ‘dedicated’ to deities are attested in Greek epigraphic evidence. Are these kinds of offerings comparable to the dedication of inanimate objects? Besides, does the fact that someone is said to be ‘sacred’ to a specific deity necessarily involve that he went through a process of dedication? This article aims at providing a global picture of different situations in which processes of dedications took place. Among the several issues that are tackled, the cornerstone of this article consists of two questions: for what purposes did some people decide to consecrate a human being to a deity and what were the consequences for the consecrated individuals on religious and social levels? Different categories of persons will be contrasted, in terms of processes through which they acquire their new status but also in terms of the freedom/lack of freedom which is conveyed by this new status. It will also be shown that, as far as method is concerned, it is necessary to complete a lexical analysis with a contextual perspective for a deeper understanding of the problem.
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http://hdl.handle.net/2268/139234
also: http://hdl.handle.net/2268/148644

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