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Les États-clients et le culte impérial

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This chapter presents a detailed study of all officials of the celebrations and performances of imperial power in Syrian provinces. It gives some glimpses of those who promoted the cult of the Roman rulers to scale municipal, provincial as well. The chapter also presents an overview on the priests of the imperial cult in the municipal context. Among the prominent directors, two are attention: P. Iulius Geminius Marcianus, Saudi governor at the beginning of the reign of Marcus Aurelius, and Sossianus Hierocles, who obtained high offices in the East under the Tetrarchy. The career of Hierocles, which is incomplete to our knowledge, is atypical by the succession of positions. Indeed, the historical and chronological elements suggest that the Hierocles wrote his pamphlet to 303 at the time of the Edict of Diocletian persecution. The original text of the chapter is in French.

Keywords: Diocletian persecution; imperial cult; Roman rulers; Sossianus Hierocles; Syrian provinces



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