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date: 14 November 2019

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This chapter offers some reflections on how past approaches and recent trends in epigraphic studies can contribute to current debates about Greek religion. By examining three key themes of epigraphic interpretation (monumentality, commemoration, and connectivity across time and/or space), this chapter reviews different kinds of inscriptions which provide evidence for Greek religion. It shows how the study of inscriptions relating to Greek religion has both shaped and mirrored historiographical trends in ancient history as a whole, assesses the processes that encouraged the recording of information about religious phenomena, and raises questions about the materiality of inscriptions as objects and the relationship between writing and reading text and ritual behaviour. Throughout, it is argued that the diversity of epigraphic evidence mirrors not only the diversity of practice of religion in the Greek world, but also the diversity of personnel involved.

Keywords: commemoration, reading, writing, materiality, objects, ritual, personnel

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