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Incense in Hellenistic Ruler Cult
Caneva, Stefano mailto [Université de Liège - ULiège > Département des sciences de l'antiquité > Religion grecque antique >]
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Sensing Divinity: Incense, Religion, and the Ancient Sensorium
Bradley, Mark
Grand-Clément, Adéline
Oxford University Press
United Kingdom
[en] incense ; Hellenistic period ; ruler cult
[en] The paper explores the textual and visual evidence from the Hellenistic Eastern Mediterranean concerning the use of incense in the ritual practice for Hellenistic political leaders. Focus is placed on the role played by incense in the construction of the religious experience of cults for human beings, with particular attention to 1) the interaction between incense burning and other ritual actions; 2) the role of incense in articulating the relationship between old (host) and new (guest) recipients of cult in specific contexts, and 3) the role of incense in Greek and non-Greek contexts of cult for rulers.
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