Acclamations in the later Roman empire: new evidence from Aphrodisias

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Abstract

This article has been engendered by yet another important discovery made during the current excavations at Aphrodisias in Caria, of a unique series of acclamatory texts in honour of a local benefactor, Albinus. The texts were inscribed, probably in the first half of the sixth century, on the twenty columns of the west portico of the Agora, nineteen of which survive. They provide relatively little information either about Albinus or about the history of Aphrodisias; but they are of outstanding interest as the fullest series of inscribed acclamations which has yet been identified anywhere. The purpose of this article is to consider the status and function of acclamations in late Roman society, and their relationship to earlier practice, in order to assess the full significance of the texts presented here.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)181-199
JournalJOURNAL OF ROMAN STUDIES
Volume74
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1984

Keywords

  • Epigraphy
  • Late Antiquity
  • Asia Minor
  • Roman archaeology

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