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The Hieropoioi On Kos

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In the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. the hieropoioi were important religious officials in several Greek states, especially in Athens and Delos. The general nature of their title (ερ πoε - 'to do something holy') seems to have made the position of hieropoioi an extremely flexible office. At Athens the chief roles of these officials were as commissioners of sacrifice and managers of festivals 1). On Delos they became the chief religious magistrates of the state 2). The hieropoioi were important officials on Kos also, but there has never been a scholarly investigation of their role. Accordingly, it is the purpose of this paper to examine the Koan evidence carefully in order to discover what the duties of the hieropoioi were and what their relationship was to other officials and to Koan institutions. The topic naturally divides itself into three parts: the evidence, the relationship to other officials, and the relationship to institutions.

Affiliations: 1: Pomona, California


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