Cultic honours and divinisation in the Hellenistic Eastern Mediterranean New voices for interdisciplinary collaboration Introducing Inter-Cult Inter-Cult is a research project born from the joint effort between the Universities of Lausanne and Padova to boost international and interdisciplinary collaboration between their researchers and research networks.
Within this stimulating framework, S. Caneva and G. Lenzo have conceived a 1-year programme to promote interdisciplinary and inter-generational exchanges between scholars specialising in the cultural – political and religious – history of the Hellenistic period.

The focus of Inter-Cult is on two crucial aspects leading to the encounter and cross-fertilisation of traditions in the ancient Mediterranean world: cultural...

PHRC collaborators


Do you want to collaborate with us? Coding, commenting, translating: there is plenty of work to do! Please write to

Principal Investorator
Stefano G. Caneva - Università di Padova

After a MA in Classics and a PhD in Ancient History, Stefano Caneva worked at the universities of Leuven (2010-2011), Liège (2011-2014, 2017-2019), Padova (Marie Curie Piscopia fellowship, 2015-2017), Toulouse (invited professor 2017), and at the Université Libre de Bruxelles (2018-2019). He is currently Assistant Professor of Greek History at the Università di Padova. His current research project, which explores the interconnections between Greek cults for gods and humans in the Hellenistic period, has been developped between Padova and Liège.

New PHRC updates - October 2021 (en)


Dear PHRC users,

We are happy to announce that two new texts have been just uploaded on our website.

They are two important honorific decrees issued by the city of Mylasa (PHRC 062) and by the deme of Rhamnous (PHRC 063), respectively to honour the regional dynast Olympichos and King Antigonos II Gonatas.

PHRC 062 has been co-edited by Lorenzo Paoletti (see PHRC 060).

In addition to providing the first PHRC text from Attica, PHRC 063 is particularly welcome as it has been co-edited by a new collaborator: Serena Peruch, who is currently carrying out her PhD at the Universities of Padova and Venezia.

Stay tuned for more updates during fall 2021!

Go and meet the other collaborators of PHRC...

New PHRC updates (en)


The last year has been difficult for all, including the PHRC team... but we are back!

We are happy to launch a new update of the website, with the following novelties

- we have fixed some technical problems

- added unique and permanent IDs for each entry (now you can link your own projects to PHRC items)

- released 11 new texts: 1 from Asia Minor (decree for Achaios the Elder, PHRC 060), and 10 from Alexandria and Kanopos (PHRC 051-059 and 061)

- enlarged the PHRC team: to date, this is our grop, but we hope to enlarge it even more in the upcoming months!   Coding, translating, commenting: there is plenty of work to do, come on board! ...

How to cite a PHRC item (en)


You can cite a PHRC item in one of the following way:

Short citation: PHRC+number

You find this code at the top left on the item page
e.g. PHRC001

Permanent ID:

You find the url underneath the short description of the item

Extended citation:

This form of citation follows this structure:
[Author], “PHRC[number]: [title]”, in S. Caneva (ed.), The Practicalities of Hellenistic Ruler Cults, consulted on [date]


S. Caneva, “PHRC001: Dedication to King Ptolemy IV and Queen Arsinoe III, Sarapis and Isis, Ephesos”, in S. Caneva (ed.), The Practicalities of Hellenistic Ruler Cults, consulted on 15/12/2020.


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...