“What is a Greek priest?” The volume, which has its origins in a symposium held at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., focuses on the question through a variety of lenses: the visual representation of cult personnel, priests as ritual experts, variations of priesthood, ideal concepts and their transformation, and the role of manteis. Each chapter looks at how priests and religious officials used a potential authority to promote themselves and their posts, how they played a role in conserving, shaping and reviving cult activity, how they acted behind the curtain of polis institutions, and how they performed as mediators between men and gods. It becomes clear that Greek priests had many faces, and that the factors that determined their roles and activities are political as well as historical, religious as well as economic, idealistic as well as pragmatic, personal as well as communal.
About the Author
Kai Trampedach is Professor of Ancient History at Heidelberg University.
Table of Contents
- Introduction: What is a Greek Priest? Albert Henrichs
- Priests as Ritual Experts in the Greek World Angelos Chaniotis
- Priestly Personnel of the Ephesian Artemisium: Anatolian, Persian, Greek, and Roman Aspects Jan Bremmer
- Professionals, Volunteers, and Amateurs in the Cult of Demeter: Serving th eGods kata ta patria Susan Guettel Cole
- “Greek” Priests of Sarapis? Beate Dignas
- Priests - Dynasts - Kings: Temples and Secular Rule in Asia Minor Ulrich Gotter
- Images of Cult Personnel in Athens between the Sixth and First Centuries BC Ralf von den Hoff
- Philosopher and Priest: The Image of the Intellectual and the Social Practice of the Elites in the Eastern Roman Empire Matthias Haake
- An Egyptian Priest in Delphi: Kalasiris as theios aner in Heliodorus' Aethiopica Manuel Baumbach
- The Iamidae: A Mantic Family and Its Public Image Michael Flower
- Authority Disputed: The Seer in Homeric Epic Kai Trampedach
Part I: Priests and Ritual
Part II: Variations of Priesthood
Part III: Visual Representation
Part IV: Ideal Concepts and their Transformation
Part V: Manteis: Priests at All?
- Epilogue Beate Dignas and Kai Trampedach