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Title: Prayer to the Deceased?
Subtitle: Relations between Gods, Dead and the Living in Phrygia Epictetus
Author(s): DE HOZ, María Paz
Journal: Ancient West & East
Volume: 16 Date: 2017
Ramsay’s interpretation of some Greek funerary inscriptions from Roman Phrygia Epictetus as referring to a prayer dedicated to Zeus Bronton and at the same time to the deceased has been rejected by Waelkens. Following the latter, these are now normally interpreted as prayers made only to the god in order to protect the grave and/or as ex-votos to the god. This paper returns to Ramsay’s interpretation and, though not necessarily accepting the idea of a divinisation of the deceased in Roman Phrygia Epictetus, it does accept the idea of a cult to the deceased, and the role of the deceased as an intermediary between gods and men. Other particularities in the epigraphy of this same area are adduced as proof of an especial Phrygian hierarchical conception of the divine world and of the especial relations between gods and men.