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Author(s): Schnelle, Udo (Halle/Saale)
[German version] The term εὐαγγέλιον ( euangélion) has been attested since Homer (Od. 14,52f.; 166f.), where it is the messenger's reward for good news. In Plut. Demetrius 17; Philostr. VA 5,8, euangelion stands for news of victory, in Plut. Sertorius 11,8 euangelion is the message itself, and euangelion could also mean joyful political and private messages (Cic. Att. 2,3,1). In the  imperial cult euangelion had a religious meaning. In the inscription of Priene (OGIS II 458) both the announcement of the blessings coming with the emperor and the joyful messa…