Book Series Contextualizing the Sacred, vol. 5

Phönizische, griechische und römische Gottheiten im historischen Wandel

Linda-Marie Günther, Bärbel Morstadt (eds)

  • Pages: 159 p.
  • Size:156 x 234 mm
  • Illustrations:40 b/w
  • Language(s):German, Latin, Greek
  • Publication Year:2015

  • ISBN: 978-2-503-54457-1
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This volume explores the diversity of ancient religious practices in the context of wide-ranging cultural contacts between Phoenicians, Greeks and Romans, bringing together the work of leading scholars and young researchers of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology.


The interpretatio of deities is a cultural phenomenon, which is grounded in the well-studied trade and colonisation activities by Greek poleis and the formation of the Roman empire. This phenomenon is traditionally viewed as an expression of the self-acculturation of indigenous groups and as a means of systematically homogenising diversity. The papers in this volume seek more complex and nuanced perspectives based on detailed contextual analyses. They present detailed studies of different features of this vast field of trans-cultural interpretation of Phoenician, Greek and Roman deities in the first millennium BC, ranging from Heracles to Aphrodite and spanning geographically from the Levant to the Iberian peninsula Each case-study focuses on the particular implementation process and evaluates it on its own terms, within its own individual context.

This volume originates in a workshop held at the University of Bochum, Käte Hamburger Kolleg at the Center for Religious Studies “Dynamics in the History of Religions”, in 2010. It comprises seven studies, written by leading scholars as well as junior researchers of Ancient History and Classical Archaeology.


„Interpretationes" — eine Einleitung — LINDA -MARIE GÜNTHER und BÄRBEL MORSTADT

Die Götter im Vertrag zwischen Hannibal und Philipp V. — YU-JIN LEE

Interpretatio als Mittel der Auseinandersetzung im Zweiten Punischen Krieg — KLAUS ZIMMERMANN

Melqart-Herakles-Kulte im phönikisierten Zypern — BÄRBEL MORSTADT

Von Melqart bis Hercules Gaditanus: Reinterpretationen eines westphönizischen Kultes — DANIEL HÜLSKEN

Die Göttin auf dem Berg Eryx: Astarte — Aphrodite — Venus — CATHRIN SCHMITT

Pferd und Quadriga auf sikulopunischen Münzen: Griechische oder punische Symbolik? — LINDA -MARIE GÜNTHER