PHRC's first birthday! Launch of PHRC 0.2 and new release of texts

Université de Liège

Dear PHRC readers,

We are happy to celebrate the first year of the PHRC website by reaching 50 published texts and by announcing some improvements we have brought to the platform, which enters now its PHRC 0.2 phase, as well as some novelties for the new year!

1) Digital development: Introducing PHRC 0.2
The new version of PHRC is ready to welcome German translations of texts in addition to the existing English, Italian, and French translations.

Moreover, from January 2020 PHRC 0.2 will provide a stable URL to all published texts, making searchability, reference and reuse much easier and more efficient.

Finally, in 2020 a phrc_bot for Telegram will be launched, allowing for a faster search of texts via your smartphone and making it...

Reflections on a new article on the link between divine names and cult places

University of Liège

Dear PHRC readers,

We would like to draw your attention to a review paper recently published by the research team of the ERC project Mapping Ancient Polytheisms (based in Toulouse) on the Mediterranean Historical Review:

Mapping ancient gods: naming and embodiment beyond “anthropomorphism”. A survey of the field in echo to the books of M.S. Smith and R. Parker

Beyond the general focus of the discussion, readers of this interesting paper will find useful insights in various questions concerning the link between traditional gods and new human recipients of cult in the Hellenistic period. I mention here a few:

- what is the link between royal epithets associating a ruler with a god and the organisation of (possibly) shared cult spaces for them...

New release of texts (nos. 17-42)

Université de Liège

Dear PHRC readers,

We are happy to launch today the second set of texts (nos. 17-42) of the PHRC collection.

The new documents concern Ptolemaic and Attalid ruler cults in Asia Minor, the Aegan Islands, and Cyprus.

With this new release we are adding a new type of text (no. 36, a fragment of a Delian inventory) and a new material (andesite, used for various Attalid altars in Pergamon).

New sovereigns (Ptolemy V, Attalos I, Eumenes II) are concerned as well as new locations (Herakleia near Latmos, Pergamon and its neighbouring sanctuary of Mamurt Kale, Amorgos, Delos, Soloi in Cyprus). Nos. 30-35 combine with the previously released no. 14 to complete the dossier of dedications to Arsinoe Philadelphos from the Paphos area, the biggest from the...

Introducing the beta version of PHRC

Université de Liège

Dear readers,

We are happy to announce the release of the beta version of the PHRC website (PHRC 0.1).

The project The Practicalities of Hellenistic Ruler Cults is a project focusing on the ritual and social aspects of cultic honours for human beings (rulers and benefactors) in the Hellenistic Greek world (discover more about the objectives and method of the project).

The website The PHRC website aims at offering a rich and inspiringly interdisciplinary introduction to the relevant epigraphic and archaeological documentation. Its goal is to provide scholars, students and cultural heritage operators with a variety of tools to investigate the practical and social dynamics activated by persons and communities paying ritual honours to human beings, as...