I. The term cult authors refers to a group of authors who collected and explicated the primary documents of the cults of the Greeks and Romans (rituals, calendars, cultic laws, priestly regulations, protocols, etc.). The group, which cannot be easily differentiated from local historians, periegetes, antiquarians, and theologians, includes about 100 authors (5th cent. bce to the end of the 4th cent. ce). Their themes and titles are: a.
On Days (Gk
On Months, On Feasts; b.
On Sacrifices (Gk
On Mysteries, On Dedications, On Purification Rites, On Plays, On Manticism (Divination/Manticism),
On Invocations, On Paeans; c.
On Sanctuaries (e.g. of Artemis in Ephesus),
On the Sacred Street; d.
On the Families (i.e. of cultic functionaries). The Roman cult authors cited the Greek and continued them. Cornelius Balbus wrote