Sunday, March 20, 2016

Review of Steinhauer, Religious Associations in the Post-Classical Polis

Julietta Steinhauer, Religious Associations in the Post-Classical Polis. Postdamer altertumswissenschaftliche Beiträge, Bd 50. Stuttgart: Franz Steiner Verlag, 2014. Pp. 189. ISBN 9783515106467. €52.00 (pb).

Reviewed by Matt Gibbs, University of Winnipeg (

Table of Contents

Julietta Steinhauer’s thought-provoking monograph, based on her doctoral thesis undertaken at the University of St Andrews, examines “a novel religious form that appeared in the Aegean world in Hellenistic and Roman times” (15). It is primarily concerned with the material from Athens, Delos and, in passing, Rhodes, and (in mainland Asia Minor) Ephesus, Pergamum, and Smyrna, from the fourth century BCE to the second century CE.

The volume contains seven chapters, including an introduction and conclusion, and a bibliography. There are also two appendices: the first contains two graphs illustrating the number of inscriptions from Athens, and several plans of the architectural structures considered in the text; the second is divided into two sub-sections considering the Jews of the Diaspora and the Septuagint.