Abstract

This paper focuses on a very neglected question, the construction and restoration of pagan cult structures in the fourth and fifth centuries. Mainland Greece is privileged as the area of study in order to make parallels with other parts of the empire. The first part, dedicated to imperial legislation and policy, deals first with the problem of attributing the restoration of temples to the emperor Julian and then with the inconsistencies and ambiguities that appear in a few laws related to these sacred (re)constructions. There follows an attempt to reconstruct the building process: was it spontaneous or legally anticipated and decided? To what extent are we able to identify those responsible for such initiatives? The concluding part of this study deals with the double meaning one could associate with the (re)building of cult places: does it reflect the continuity of pagan ritual practices or the survival of Greek paideia?

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Additional Information

ISSN
1942-1273
Print ISSN
1939-6716
Pages
pp. 209-223
Launched on MUSE
2009-11-05
Open Access
No
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