Nemesis, the Roman State and the Games

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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.

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'...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.
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Although the goddess Nemesis was already revered in ancient Greece, this study primarily concerns the cult of Nemesis during the Roman Imperial period, specifically focusing on two issues--the connection of Nemesis with the Roman state and her presence in agonistic contexts. 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. A revision of the author's Ph.D. dissertation (Bryn Mawr, 1991). Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Meet the Author

Michael B. Hornum received his Ph.D. in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College. He is currently an independent scholar.
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Table of Contents

Acknowledgements
Abbreviations
Acknowledgements of the Plates
Introduction 1
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 Augusta 36
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
Analysis 78
Conclusions 89
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
Table 1 331
Table 2 332
Table 3 333
Table 4 336
Table 5 339
Table 6 342
Bibliography 345
Epigraphic Index 355
General Index 366
Plates I-XXVIII
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