Ted Kaizer, University of Durham will present the Evans Memorial Lecture.
Dura-Europos, a small fortress town situated on a plateau looking out over the Middle Euphrates river, was under first Seleucid, then Parthian, and finally Roman control. The rather clear-cut periodization of Dura’s history has of course strong implications for the study of the town’s religious life. Excavations have revealed an astonishing variety of gods and goddesses, and amongst those who received a cult were traditionally Greek deities, indigenous and Roman ones, and gods from the nearby caravan city of Palmyra. Ten snapshots selected from the rich material evidence will be used to showcase not only the variety but also the development of Dura’s religious life. To what degree can a reconstruction of the town’s ritual calendar be attempted?
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