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Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic EmpiresThe Near East After the Achaemenids, c. 330 to 30 BCE$
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Rolf Strootman

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780748691265

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748691265.001.0001

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Death and Resurrection: Inauguration Ritual

Death and Resurrection: Inauguration Ritual

(p.210) 10 Death and Resurrection: Inauguration Ritual
Courts and Elites in the Hellenistic Empires

Rolf Strootman

Edinburgh University Press

Chapter 10 focuses on rituals of inauguration. It is suggested that the fundamental element of Hellenistic king-making—the binding of the diadem—was carried out by the ruler himself, there being no higher power on earth than the basileus. The king then appeared in public as if (re)born for a ritual of acclamation. This ritual was initially performed by the court society and (household) troops, but could later be repeated in various cities throughout the empires (the Antigonids may again have been exceptional). It will furthermore be shown how the ceremonies of burial and apotheosis of a deceased ruler were closely entwined with the ritual of inauguration of his successor.

Keywords:   Inauguration, Coronation, Diadem, Burial, Succession, Deification

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