A new statue-base for Constantius II and the fourth-century imperial cult at Oinoanda

N.P. Milner
  • Anatolian Studies, January 2015, Cambridge University Press
  • DOI: 10.1017/s0066154615000101

Continuity and change in Roman Emperor-worship after the conversion of Constantine

What is it about?

A long-unpublished statue base for the emperor Constantius II was rediscovered in 2010 at Oinoanda, a Graeco-Roman city-site in SW Turkey. It contains information that Oinoanda was a neokoros city, that is, having a special status in the imperial cult. The article attempts to trace the significance of neokoria and of images in the imperial cult in the fourth century AD, an era of rapid religious change when the Christianity of the emperors and many ordinary people co-existed with deep and widespread pagan traditions that flowed throughout Roman society

Why is it important?

The statue base is one of the latest examples linking an imperial statue to the cult of the emperors. The article explores what this might mean and how this was still possible in an era of publicly supported Christianity.

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