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Title: The cult of Hercules in Roman Malta : a discussion of the evidence
Authors: Bonanno, Anthony
Keywords: Heracles (Greek mythological character) -- Cult -- Malta -- History
Juno (Roman deity)
Hera (Greek deity)
Romans -- Malta
Temple of Proserpina (Mtarfa, Malta)
Inscriptions -- Malta
Cippi of Melqart (Malta)
Architecture, Punic -- Malta -- Zurrieq
Ras ir-Raheb (Rabat, Malta)
Excavations (Archaeology) -- Malta -- Rabat
Zammit, Themistocles, 1864-1935
Issue Date: 2016
Publisher: Malta Classics Association
Citation: Bonanno, A. (2016). The cult of Hercules in Roman Malta: a discussion of the evidence. Melita Classica, 3, 243-263.
Abstract: It appears that the veneration of the divinity known in the Greco-Roman world as Heracles/Hercules precedes the absorption of the Maltese islands into the Roman commonwealth in 218 B.C. Admittedly, all our evidence belongs chronologically to after that fateful event, but its nature suggests that the divinity with attributes similar to those of the Greco-Roman divinity, namely Melqart (his Punic equivalent) was already incorporated in the religious belief system of the Maltese inhabitants, making it easier for them to absorb the new god with the old one.
ISBN: 9789995784744
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