Epithets, divine (Greece and Rome)

Abstract : Divine epithets are a fundamental feature of Greek and Roman religions. Cult‐epithets, even more than poetic ones, are of the highest interest to understand how ancient polytheisms worked. Along with theonyms, they form a double system of divine denomination which allowed worshipers to define which divine protection they expected. Their distribution among gods and goddesses is very instructive about the links between deities, as well as between the different figures of a single divine power.
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Sylvain Lebreton. Epithets, divine (Greece and Rome). Roger S. Bagnall; Kai Brodersen; Craige B. Champion; Andrew Erskine; Sabine R. Huebner. The Encyclopedia of Ancient History, ⟨John Wiley & Sons, Inc.⟩, 2016, ⟨10.1002/9781444338386.wbeah30175⟩. ⟨hal-02132952⟩

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