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The Greek word κύριος/kýrios in the sense of “householder,” “master,” or “lord” denominates a relation of legal authority over individuals, as in the case of a householder, who – in the context of the Roman household – owns slaves. The word, therefore, denotes a social category, without immediate religious connotations. In the Greek world, in fact, it was hardly ever applied to a deity, since the divine realm must never be compromised by the huma…

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Perrot, Charles, “Kyrios/Lord”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 27 November 2021 <>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013

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