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Lucian on the temple at Heliopolis

Kaizer, Ted

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his paper focusses on two lines in what counts as our best available literary source for the study of religious life in the Roman Near East. In paragraph 5 of Περὶ τῆς Συρίης Θεοῦ (On the Syrian Goddess), a treatise professing to describe the temple and cult at Hierapolis, a place in northern Syria also known by its indigenous names of Manbog or Bambyce, the author writes: ἔχουσι δὲ καὶ ἄλλο Φοίνικες ἱρόν, οὐκ Ἀσσύριον ἀλλ’ Αἰγύπτιον, τὸ ἐξ Ἡλίου πόλιος ἐς τὴν Φοινίκην ἀπίκετο. ἐγὼ μέν μιν οὐκ ὄπωπα, μέγα δὲ καὶ τόδε καὶ ἀρχαῖόν ἐστιν. The Phoenicians have another temple, not Assyrian, but Egyptian, which came to Phoenicia from Heliopolis. I have not seen it, but it too is large and ancient.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Jul 30, 2015
Online Publication Date Mar 31, 2016
Publication Date May 1, 2016
Deposit Date Sep 22, 2016
Publicly Available Date Sep 23, 2016
Journal Classical Quarterly
Print ISSN 0009-8388
Electronic ISSN 1471-6844
Publisher Classical Association
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 66
Issue 1
Pages 273-285
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