The lust for recognition and influence: Laodikeia and the quest for neokorate status

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Abstract

Debates over the involvement of Asian cities in the promotion of the imperial cult continue. Little attention has been focused on the aspirations of Laodikeia on the Lycus for membership in the select group of provincial cities awarded the special status of neokoros, imperial cult guardian. A recently published inscription from Laodikeia has problematized the already-complicated history of the neokorate award to Laodikeia and prompts a re-examination of Laodikeia's efforts to gain the prize. The elements of Tacitus's comments on the initial conferring of the award (on Smyrna) provide a template for discerning the concerted efforts of the city over a considerable period to position itself to gain this imperial favor.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationRevelation and Material Religion in the Roman East
Subtitle of host publicationEssays in Honor of Steven J. Friesen
EditorsNathan Leach, Daniel Charles Smith, Tony Keddie
Place of PublicationAbingdon, Oxon
PublisherRoutledge
Chapter14
Pages241-257
Number of pages17
Edition1st
ISBN (Electronic)9781003800415
ISBN (Print)9781032382678
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2024

Publication series

NameRoutledge Monographs in Classical Studies

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