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Les représentations impériales sculptées

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This chapter demonstrates the simple folk festivals illustrating a vague allegiance to the imperial power and Greek competitions in the Syrian provinces. A thorough study of representations and celebrations of imperial power cannot do without a detailed approach of these social phenomena, religious and political symbolic of Greco-Roman culture. The chapter discusses some preliminary remarks on the origin and nature of games, contests and events in the Syrian provinces. It presents an overview on the aquatic celebrations and aquatic events in the Syrian provinces. The chapter also discusses the Greek Competition in Palestine. In Palestine, besides the competition five-year Greek competition created by Herod in Caesarea in honor of Augustus can be conducted. Among the sporting events and festivals, horse racing seems to have been a marked enthusiasm from a wide audience. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: aquatic celebrations; Greco-Roman culture; Greek competitions; horse racing; imperial power; Palestine; Syrian provinces



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