Athletes and Oracles: The Transformation of Olympia and Delphi in the Eighth Century BCby Catherine Morgan
Pub. Date: 03/05/2007
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
This book studies the origins and development of cult practice at Olympia and Delphi, challenging many assumptions about the nature and role of the archaeological record. Professor Morgan's study is exceptional for the emphasis placed on the two sites in their contemporary local contexts. The book concludes with the first detailed study of the wider roles of Olympia and Delphi as major sanctuaries in Archaic Greece.
Table of Contents
List of illustrations; Acknowledgements; Abbreviations; 1. Sanctuaries and the rise of the Greek state; 2. The sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia; 3. The early history of Olympia; 4. Phokian settlement and the sanctuary at Delphi; 5. The institution of the Delphic oracle: oracular responses from Delphi; 6. Sanctuaries, the state and the individual; Appendix 1. Iron age archaeological evidence from the region of Elis; Appendix 2. Archaeological evidence from Phokis; Appendix 3. The cemetery at Galaxidi; Notes; Bibliography; General index; Topographical index.
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