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Volume 98, Issue 2 (Dec 2016)


The Cults of Alexander the Great in the Greek Cities of Asia Minor

Maxim M. Kholod
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  • Maxim M. Kholod, St. Petersburg State University, Institute of History, Dept. of History of Ancient Greece and Rome, Mendeleevskaya line 5, 199034 St. Petersburg, Russia Russian Federation, E-Mail: mmkholod@yandex.ru; m.holod@spbu.ru
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Published Online: 2016-12-01 | DOI: https://doi.org/10.1515/klio-2016-0041


The paper deals with the cults of Alexander the Great in the Greek cities of Asia Minor (on the coast and the nearby islands). The author argues that although some cults in these cities could be set up after the Macedonian king's death, at least most known to us (or supposed) cults of Alexander in them were instituted still in his lifetime, in all likelihood, in 324–323 BC. It seems that the cults of the king were established only in a certain, probably far from overwhelming, number of the Greek cities of Asia Minor in this period. In turn, it should be believed that the do ut des principle played an important role when these cities introduced such cults. At the same time, their institution was also caused by a sense of gratitude of the inhabitants of the Greek cities of Asia Minor to Alexander for the liberation of them from the unpopular power of both the Persians and the pro-Persian oligarchs or tyrants and, in addition, for those general and particular benefactions that were given by the Macedonian king to the communities.

Keywords: ruler cult; deification; Alexander the Great; Greek cities of Asia Minor; Alexandreia


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