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A. Definition

Invocation (ἐπίκλησις < ἐπικαλέω; epíklēsis < epikaleō, cf. advocatio, invocatio), and in a narrower sense supplication, of one or more gods and demons constituted, along with the narrative section and the articulation of the wish, a standard feature of prayer [1]. In an extended sense epiclesis is the epithet (cf. Eponymia, Epitheton), by which the god was addressed in cult.

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B.1 Invocation

Epiclesis originally had the fu…

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Chaniotis, Angelos (Heidelberg), “Epiclesis”, 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 28 September 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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