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Opuscula Archaeologica : Papers of the Department of Archaeology, Vol.34 No.1 December 2010. -

This work contains an analysis of the 224 published epigraphic

monuments from the territory of the Republic

of Croatia in which Jupiter’s name appears. Out of this

number, 149 are from the territory of the province of Dalmatia,

13 from the Italian Regio X, 36 from the territory of

Pannonia Superior and 26 from Pannonia Inferior. Almost

all analyzed inscriptions are dedicatory in character. They

indicate the complex nature of Jupiter’s cult, and 23 different

epithets accompanying his name have been recorded. The

cult of Jupiter Optimus Maximus was the most widespread

Roman cult in the provinces. There were additionally other,

less popular Jupiter cults that had a syncretic character. The

capital cities of the provinces and regions were the epicentres

whence these cults spread to less urbanized areas. The

analyzed epigraphic monuments record the names of 210

individuals who can be directly connected to Jupiter’s cults

as practiced in Antiquity in Croatia’s territory.

Croatia; cult of Jupiter; cult of the ruler; syncretism; altar; epigraphy; imperialism



Author: Marko Sinobad - ; Ministry of Culture of Republic of Croatia

Source: http://hrcak.srce.hr/



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