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and Cult in Roman Eretz Israel
book is the result of a study of the numerous archaeological discoveries
in Israel by the authors, as well as of many visits to museums and
archaeological sites both in Israel and abroad over the past thirty
years. Consequently, they have attempted here to present for the first
time a fascinating subject that is intended to awaken interest and
stimulate intellectual curiosity. Indeed, it is the absence of any
research-work engaging with the art and cult in Roman Eretz Israel that
relate to the deities of the Greek, Roman and Oriental pantheons, that
led them to undertake this work.
The methodology applied here, based on the various artistic media
discussed, was selected in an attempt to respond to some of the
questions and problems that arose in the course of the study. The
authors’ examination of the wealth of material, the study of the
various artistic aspects and the religious and cultic rites, as well as
of the attitude of the contemporary population towards their deities,
furnished them with an in-depth and thorough perception of the cultural
environment and atmosphere of the period. In this work they have
succeeded in achieving their aim and filling in the lack in this field.
More than 500 pictures illustrate the deities executed in marble,
basalt, bronze, sandstone, terracotta, and depicted in mosaic or on
coins, glass and gems. They also show sacred sites, reconstructions,
drawings and ground plans.
Preface, Introduction, Aphrodite, Apollo, Ares, Artemis, Asklepios and
Hygieia, Athena and Dea Roma, ‘Azizos, Ba’al, Cybele, Demeter,
Dionysos, The Dioscuri, Dushara/Dusares, Eros, Helios, Herakles, Hermes,
Horus/Harpokrates, Isis, Kore/Persephone, Mithras, Nemesis,
Nike/Victoria, Pan, Poseidon/Neptune, Serapis/Sarapis, Tyche/ Fortuna,
Zeus/Jupiter, Various infrequent deities, (1. Hekate, 2. Hera/Juno, 3.
Marnas, 4. Osiris, 5. Turmasgade), Epilogue, Appendix, Index,
Abbreviations, Literary sources, Bibliography, List of Illustrations.
Bound, 24 x 17 cm., 464 pp. (336 pp. text, plus 58 illustrations in full colour and 414 in black and white)