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A. North, Pagans, Polytheists, and the Pendulum, in The Spread of Christianity in the First Four Centuries (Leiden: Brill, 2005) 134–7. 38 14 chapter one which the present study seeks to examine. For example, this book examines polytheist angelos dedications written in Greek from several regions of the later Roman Empire where indigenous languages continued to exist. One of the common elements in these pagan inscriptions is their use of the Greek language and the Greek term angelos to express religious devotion.
Liebeschuetz, “Review,” CR 42 (1992) 212–3. 50 Levi (1944): 294–6; 306–7. 51 Levi (1944): 294–6. The earliest securely datable depiction of Aion is on the monument of C. Julius Zoilos, a powerful local from Aphrodisias, whose career dates to the late Republic. The monument portrays Aion as an old man, perhaps a prophet, and perhaps in the style an Augustan program equating Aion with the Latin saeculum aureum. See R. R. R. Smith, The Monument of C. Julius Zoilos (Mainz: Verlag Philipp von Zabern, 1993) 45–8.
Even though the number of worshippers that gathered at Oenoanda may have been small, the placement and context of the inscriptions are significant because they provide evidence of popular cult activity directed towards a supreme deity and attendant angeloi. Lactantius’ Quotation of the Oracle Other sources provide further details about the origin and context of the Oracle at Oenoanda. The earliest of these is Lactantius’ Divine Institutes (ca. e. Claros). The text of his oracle is nearly the same as the first three lines of the oracle inscribed at Oenoanda.