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(ἀρεταλόγοι; aretalógoi). Functionaries at sanctuaries who recount the great deeds (ἀρεταί; aretaí) of the local god to pilgrims, particularly in healing and Isis-cults [1; 2]. Used in Lat. to mean ‘boaster’. The historic form is connected to the Gospel [3].


1 Nilsson, GGR 2, 228 f.

2 H. S. Versnel, Ter unus, 1990, 191 f.

3 J. Z. Smith, Map is not Territory, 1978, 190-207.

E. Norden, Agnostos Theos, 1913, 143-277.

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Auffarth, Christoph (Tübingen), “Aretalogoi”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 25 June 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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