Section 1. Friends of the Kings
A second and larger group of students analyzed some aspects of Kraton’s career based on the latter’s rich epigraphic dossier, in particular the honorific decrees from Teos and Delos voted by the Ionian technitai and the Tean decree of the koinon of the Attalistai [see Paper 2, including Appendix epigraphica 2.1–3]. To the latter document, there is attached (on the reverse of the stele) a catalog of objects that Kraton left to the Attalistai, of which the second paper offers a reconsideration providing epigraphic and literary parallels. Following a historical overview and a reconsideration of the dynamics of interaction between the technitai and Hellenistic kings in light of Kraton’s case, the second paper focuses on the following aspects: the Attalids’ relationship with the cult of Dionysus and the associated artistic (and musical) performances; asylia and asphaleia privileges conferred on artistic guilds; nature and location of the honorary statues voted for Kraton; minting of a coinage by the koinon of the Attalistai. In its final section, Paper 2 brings closure to the overview of the Ionian cultural environment with an insight into the role of musical education on the city of Teos in the second half of the second century BCE (Appendix epigraphica 2.4).
Artistry and sovereignty: a mutual relationship
At the service of art—and of the king
Playing for the king
Fitting art into politics
Pleasing the king
In this quick roundup, we took into consideration some ways in which the correlation between sovereign and artistry was resolved. We observed how professional performers and intellectuals, individually or as a group, took advantage of their liasons with kings to strengthen their profile and secure their career; likewise, we saw kings taking advantage of art as a tool for direct or indirect propaganda. In the contributions featured in the first section of this issue we will take a closer look at some of the categories we tried to frame, and we will consider them from several points of view, digging deep into both texts and contexts.