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Institutions / Offices






Asiarch (25/1/2006 v.1) Ασιάρχης (14/10/2005 v.1)

The Asiarch was one of the most important officials in the Koinon of Asia. Many different opinions have been expressed regarding his own and his spouse’s responsibilities, as well as his relation to the archiereus.



Concordia (cult)

Concordia (cult)  (8/2/2006 v.1) Ομόνοια (14/10/2005 v.1)

Concordia-Homonoia as a personified deity is found since the late 4th cent. BC in several places of the Greek world. The adoration of this deity in Asia Minor dates from the 3rd and 2nd cent. BC. During the Imperial period we have the minting of thousands of coins in cities of Asia Minor bearing the inscription ΟΜΟΝΟΙΑ on the reverse. Statues of the personified deity were set up in many cities. It formed an integral part of the imperial cult and was called Concordia Augusta. Her priests were...




Eirenarch (3/3/2008 v.1) Ειρήναρχος (3/3/2008 v.1)

Title given to officials assigned with the task of maintaining public order in Asia Minor cities towards the late 1st c. AD. The eirenarchs (guardians of peace) belonged mainly to the upper social classes. Apart from the title of eirenarch, they were also given the offices of agoranomos, strategos and first archon, while various benefactions were included in their activities as well. Assuming the specific office was part of their career in the public sector.




Neokoria - to be assigned Νεωκορία (14/10/2005 v.1)


Personification of institutions in Asia Minor

Personification of institutions in Asia Minor (14/2/2006 v.1) Προσωποποιήσεις Θεσμών στη Μ. Ασία (14/10/2005 v.1)

The personification of institutions in Asia Minor's art is very rare over space and time and is detected only in particular types of monuments such as decree stelae. Personifications of the Demos, the Boule and the Parliament are mainly found in coins of the Imperial period.



Personifications of cities and provinces

Personifications of cities and provinces (14/2/2006 v.1) Προσωποποιήσεις Πόλεων και Επαρχιών στη Μ. Ασία (14/10/2005 v.1)

The depiction of cities in the form of persons is characteristic mainly of the Hellenistic era. This practice was also widespread during the Roman period, when apart from the cities whole provinces begun being personified, for reasons related to the political propaganda of the era. The most usual depiction of cities was in the form of Tyche or an Amazon, while provinces were usually represented as deities or simple women.



Roma and Populus at Asia Minor

Roma and Populus at Asia Minor (9/2/2006 v.1) Ρώμη και Δήμος στη Μ. Ασία (14/10/2005 v.1)

The cults of Rome, the Populus and the Senate were widespread in Asia Minor cities. Not only the cult itself, but also its political, social and cultural significance are very interesting to investigate.



Senatus (Gerousia) in Asia Minor

Senatus (Gerousia) in Asia Minor (11/1/2008 v.1) Γερουσία (11/1/2008 v.1)

The Senate (or council of Elders) is a body of aristocratic character with specific political and administrative jurisdictions in the Archaic and Classical period of the Ancient Greek history. Although not being a ruling body, the Senatus has important political and social duties, and is considered the guardian of the traditional Greek identity of the cities of the East, where the Roman emperor is to hold a dominant position.




Stephanephorus - to be assigned Στεφανηφόρος - to be assigned