Temple of the Sebastoi

The Temple of the Sebastoi in Ephesus, formerly called the Temple of Domitian, is a Roman temple dedicated to the Imperial cult of the Flavian dynasty. It was dedicated in CE 89/90 under the reign of Domitian. Its contemporary name is known from an adjacent inscription.[1]

"Sebastoi" (lit. 'venerable ones') refers to the imperial dynasty; it is the plural of "sebastos", the Greek rendering of the Roman imperial title Augustus.

The city of Ephesus was the first to be named neokoros (lit. 'temple-warden') thanks to this temple.[1]

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  1. ^ a b Steven J. Friesen, Imperial Cults and the Apocalypse of John, 2001, p. 43-55


  • Steven J. Friesen, Twice Neokoros: Ephesus, Asia & the Cult of the Flavian Imperial Family, Brill, 1993.

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