Divine epithets and memory issues in Classical and Hellenistic Athens

On May 11, 2019, at the international HeRMA (EA 3811) conference « Pratiques religieuses, mémoire et identités dans le monde gréco-romain », organized by Delphine Ackermann, Yves Lafond and Alexandre Vincent in Poitiers, Sylvain Lebreton presented a paper on the possible memorial connotations of some divine epithets. In MAP’s perspective to examine the links between systems of naming the divine and human agency, the aim was to show to what extent divine epithets could support commemorative speeches and practices. The study of three epithets attributed to Zeus in Athens (Eleutherios, Epopetes and Tropaios), highlighted the diversity of the agents involved (city, demes) and their motivations, as well as the enunciative and/or ritual contexts of their implementation.

On May 3, 2019, at the Académie des Inscriptions et Belles-Lettres (Institut de France), Corinne Bonnet presented a paper on the strategy of assigning several names to a god using more or less provided onomastic sequences. Echoing the MAP project, she identified four main aims, often combined: to honour and even exalt a god, to target one of his particular aspects, to network a god with other divine powers sharing the same onomastic attributes, and to respond to the requirements of multicultural contexts.

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