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The Organisation of Synods of Competitors in the Roman Empire

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Ecumenical synods of artists and athletes were an important feature of Greek festival life in the Roman empire. In the previous decades, epigraphical findings and a renewed scholarly interest have revealed new aspects, yet their transregional organisation remains difficult to grasp. This paper shows that they consisted of flexible local representations, between which the mass of competitors travelled. At the same time, they were organised according to central decisions, which ensured their internal coherence. As such, these complex associations illustrate the high degree of political, economic and cultural integration in the Roman Mediterranean.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: October 1, 2017

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