The University of Southampton
University of Southampton Institutional Repository

Associations, athletes, and emperors: a new reading of an inscribed signet ring

Associations, athletes, and emperors: a new reading of an inscribed signet ring
Associations, athletes, and emperors: a new reading of an inscribed signet ring
This article concerns a bronze signet ring, part of the collections of the British Museum, which unexpectedly reveals new information about associations in the Roman world. The ring, dating to the Imperial period, is engraved with a Greek inscription, connecting the object to an otherwise unknown association (σύνοδος) of Tarseans. Having received little attention in scholarship, the object and its inscription are here re-examined. I provide a new reading and interpretation of the signet ring, with implications for understanding the nature of the association of Tarseans. Parallel examples of seals of associations are discussed. The article then raises questions about the use of seals by ancient associations more broadly, assessing what the presence, or indeed absence, of collective seals may tell us about their group identity and place in society. Increasingly prominent in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, associations occupied a space between the private and public spheres, and evidence of seal usage by some of these groups confi rms that they could act in a similar manner to state institutions, signing and sealing agreements not only on an individual basis, but also as a collective.1 That said, very few examples of seal usage by associations are known. Clearly, a special place is held by associations of athletes and artists, global players on the Roman imperial stage, who administered their membership and privileges, and sealed their deals with Roman emperors.
0084-5388
156-168
Cazemier, Annelies
3d50f1de-ec4d-49e3-a9ee-133186575178
Cazemier, Annelies
3d50f1de-ec4d-49e3-a9ee-133186575178

Cazemier, Annelies (2020) Associations, athletes, and emperors: a new reading of an inscribed signet ring. Zeitschrift für Papyrologie und Epigraphik, 214, 156-168.

Record type: Article

Abstract

This article concerns a bronze signet ring, part of the collections of the British Museum, which unexpectedly reveals new information about associations in the Roman world. The ring, dating to the Imperial period, is engraved with a Greek inscription, connecting the object to an otherwise unknown association (σύνοδος) of Tarseans. Having received little attention in scholarship, the object and its inscription are here re-examined. I provide a new reading and interpretation of the signet ring, with implications for understanding the nature of the association of Tarseans. Parallel examples of seals of associations are discussed. The article then raises questions about the use of seals by ancient associations more broadly, assessing what the presence, or indeed absence, of collective seals may tell us about their group identity and place in society. Increasingly prominent in the Hellenistic and Roman periods, associations occupied a space between the private and public spheres, and evidence of seal usage by some of these groups confi rms that they could act in a similar manner to state institutions, signing and sealing agreements not only on an individual basis, but also as a collective.1 That said, very few examples of seal usage by associations are known. Clearly, a special place is held by associations of athletes and artists, global players on the Roman imperial stage, who administered their membership and privileges, and sealed their deals with Roman emperors.

Text
DRAFT Article Signet Ring - Cazemier 2017 - Author's Original
Restricted to Repository staff only
Request a copy
Text
Cazemier - Article Signet Ring - ZPE - revised - Accepted Manuscript
Restricted to Repository staff only
Request a copy
Text
0d597917-fc3c-47c7-b38f-6b0f39f6ad8a - Version of Record
Restricted to Repository staff only
Request a copy
Text
proof_ZPE_article_2019.12.18_cazemier - Proof
Restricted to Repository staff only
Request a copy
Text
proof ZPE article 2019.12.18 cazemier
Restricted to Repository staff only
Request a copy

Show all 5 downloads.

More information

In preparation date: 2018
Accepted/In Press date: 28 November 2019
Published date: 2 April 2020

Identifiers

Local EPrints ID: 413015
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/413015
ISSN: 0084-5388
PURE UUID: 4d28b7ee-68d1-4cf5-a202-f8629c82328c

Catalogue record

Date deposited: 20 Dec 2019 18:32
Last modified: 27 Apr 2022 09:58

Export record

Download statistics

Downloads from ePrints over the past year. Other digital versions may also be available to download e.g. from the publisher's website.

View more statistics

Atom RSS 1.0 RSS 2.0

Contact ePrints Soton: eprints@soton.ac.uk

ePrints Soton supports OAI 2.0 with a base URL of http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/cgi/oai2

This repository has been built using EPrints software, developed at the University of Southampton, but available to everyone to use.

We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. If you continue without changing your settings, we will assume that you are happy to receive cookies on the University of Southampton website.

×