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Title: Roman Commanders and Hellenistic Kings
Subtitle: On the 'Hellenization' of the Republican Triumph
Author(s): ITGENSHORST, T.
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 36 Date: 2006
This article discusses the traditional view that the Roman
victory ritual underwent a substantial change during the late Republic
influenced by the opulence of the Hellenistic courts. The Greek descriptions
of republican triumphs (which in the past have been the most
important argument in favor of the ‘hellenization’ of the triumph) are
here seen in their proper historical and literary context of hellenism.
After stressing the profound differences between the republican victory
ritual and the Hellenistic pompai it is argued that one may well
speak of ‘hellenization’ as a literary phenomenon on the part of the
Greek authors (Polybius, Diodorus, Dionysius, Plutarch), but not of
‘hellenization’ as a cultural process which had an effect on the performance
of the victory rite in Rome itself.