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The Cult of the Founder in the Epigraphic Documentation

Some Observations

Giovanni Boffa    Università del Salento    



This paper focuses on the very scarce epigraphic evidence related to the cult of the ‘founders of colonies’, that means, more precisely, on the votive inscription of Mnasithales to Antiphamos, from Gela, and the inscribed dedications from the archegesion of Anios, in Delos. These highly interesting documents allow us to discuss about the roots of the heroic status of the founders and about the relationship between the cult of the founder and the votive inscriptions.  

Keywords: Oikistai. Archegetai. Founders. Antiphamos. Anios. Battos.

Language: it

Submitted: Sept. 10, 2019
Accepted: Oct. 9, 2019
Published: Dec. 23, 2019

permalink: http://doi.org/10.30687/Axon/2532-6848/2019/02/011

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