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This introductory chapter presents an overview of the different concepts discussed in the chapters of this book. The book argues that state cults played a central role in the successful development of a regional political identity that was vital for the Thessalian League during the years of territorial expansion and consolidation in ca. 196-27. It demonstrates that older religious traditions of member ethne continued to be maintained in these newly Thessalian territories that in some cases assumed new significance by encouraging the persistence of a local, cultic identity beside a regional, political ideal.

Keywords: member ethne; state cults; state religion; Thessalian League



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