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Title: Spoliated Honours
Subtitle: An Archaeological Assessment of the Klareia-Inscriptions Found at Ancient Sagalassos (SW Anatolia)
Author(s): VAN STEENLANDT, Margo , POBLOME, Jeroen
Journal: Ancient Society
Volume: 53    Date: 2023   
Pages: 169-199
DOI: 10.2143/AS.53.0.3292440

Abstract :
The Klareia was the largest festival known in the city of Sagalassos during its heyday in the Roman Imperial period. No literary sources have survived that report on the organization of this festival. However, over the years of archaeological research at the site, several inscriptions were found that inform us of victors of the games organized during the festival. Most of these inscriptions were reused over the centuries in sometimes multiple secondary contexts. By approaching these epigraphical sources related to the festival from an archaeological perspective and delving deeper into the agency behind their reuse, these archaeological objects can prove more valuable than solely as a textual resource. Specifically, these inscriptions can shed more light on the end of the festival and its possible legacy in later Christian times (fourth-sixth century CE).

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