Item description for Twice Neokoros: Ephesus, Asia and the Cult of the Flavian Imperial Family (Religions in the Graeco-Roman World) by Steven J. Friesen...
Twice Neokoros is a case study of the Cult of the Sebastoi that was established in the city of Ephesus by the province of Asia during the late first century C.E. Epigraphic and numismatic data indicate that the Cult of the Sebastoi was dedicated in 89/90 to the Flavian imperial family. The architecture, sculpture, municipal titles, and urban setting of the cult all reflect Asian religious traditions. The image of Ephesus was significantly altered by the use of these traditions in the institutions related to the Cult of the Sebastoi. Within the context of the history of provincial cults in the Roman Empire, the Cult of the Sebastoi became a turning point in the rhetoric of social order. Thus, the Cult of the Sebastoi served as a prototypical manifestation of socio-religious developments during the late first and early second century in the Eastern Mediterranean.
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More About Steven J. Friesen
Steven J. Friesen, Ph.D. (1990) in the Study of Religion, Harvard University, is the Louise Farmer Boyer Chair in Biblical Studies at the University of Texas at Austin. His publications include Twice Neokoros: Ephesus, Asia, and the Cult of the Flavian Imperial Family (Brill, 1993), and Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John: Reading Revelation in the Ruins (Oxford University Press, 2001). Daniel N. Schowalter, Th.D (1989) in New Testament and Christian Origins, Harvard Divinity School, is Professor of Classics and Religion at Carthage College, and is Co-Director of the Omrit Archaeological project in Northern Israel. His research focuses on archaeological evidence for the religions of the Roman Empire. James C. Walters, Ph.D. (1991) in Religious Studies, Boston University, is Associate Professor of New Testament and Christian Origins at Boston University. His publications focus on the urban social contexts of the Apostle Paul's mission and letters including Ethnic Issues in Paul's Letter to the Romans (Trinity Press International, 1993).
Steven J. Friesen has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Texas at Austin University of Texas, Austin University o.