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Epiphanes
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(Ἐπιφανής; Epiphanḗs, ‘god manifest’). Epithet of Hellenistic rulers, already evident in Athens in the early Hellenistic period (307 BC) in the godlike veneration of Antigonus [1] Monophthalmos and his son Demetrius Poliorketes and the decrees issued in their honour. In this, the beneficial power ( Epiphany) of the manifest deities was transferred to and celebrated in the physically present (parousía) king, who was venerated as a god (theós) and who, it was hoped, would act as saviour (sotḗr) and benefactor (euergétēs) (Demochares, FGrH 75 F 2; Duris, FGrH 7…

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Mehl, Andreas (Halle/Saale), “Epiphanes”, 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 29 March 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e333090>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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