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From the Publisher'...this handsomely produced volume will be welcomed and discussed by experts on Roman cults and games.'
Donald G. Kyle, The International Journal of the History of Sport, 1994.
Although Nemesis was already revered in Archaic Greece, the main evidence for worship comes from the Roman Principate. During this period two important facets of the cult were the association of the goddess with the state, and her presence in agonistic contexts. Nemesis, the Roman State and the Games explores these aspects, discerning a possible connection between them.
The author begins by discussing the origin and background of the goddess. He then clarifies the ways in which the goddess was enlisted into the service of the Roman emperor and state. Finally, he explains the presence of the goddess almost exclusively at the Roman Munus and Venatio as derived from the function of such games to express the proper order of society.
Nemesis represents a significant re-evaluation of the place of Nemesis in the Roman World. The book also provides an invaluable corpus of epigraphic, literary, and iconographic evidence for the goddess.
|Acknowledgements of the Plates|
|Ch. 1||Nemesis Prior to the Roman Imperial Period||6|
|The Origins and Meaning of Nemesis||6|
|Pre-Roman Cults of Nemesis||10|
|Ch. 2||Nemesis and the Roman State||15|
|Nemesis and the Emperor||15|
|Nemesis and Imperial Structures||19|
|Nemesis and the Griffin||24|
|Nemesis Trampling on a Prostrate Figure||32|
|Nemesis and the City||41|
|Ch. 3||Nemesis and the Games||43|
|Chronology of the Association||44|
|Types of Games||50|
|Character of the Cult Remains||56|
|Nemesis Iconography and Epithets||62|
|Worshippers of Nemesis||70|
|Types of Worship||74|
|Appendix One: Catalogue of the Literary Evidence||91|
|Appendix Two: Catalogue of the Epigraphic Evidence||153|
|Appendix Three: Nemesis and the Griffin: A Corpus of the Evidence||318|
|Appendix Four: Nemesis and the Scales, Wheel and Measuring Stick||321|
|Appendix Five: Examples of the "Smyrna" Nemesis Type||328|