Festivals of Attica: An Archaeological Commentary / Edition 1

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The festivals of the Athenian sacred calendar constitute a vital key to classical Greek culture and religion.  Erika Simon sets out here to explicate those complex and often obscure festivals.  By careful marshaling of a variety of proofs from literary, historical, and archaeological sources, she is able to justify some startling conclusions and achieve a comprehensive and truly original synthesis that clarifies, as never before, the probable origins and meanings of the Attic cults.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299091842
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 4/28/2002
  • Series: Studies in Classics
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 180
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Plates
List of Figures
Introduction 3
1 Festivals of Zeus 8
Dipolieia 8
Diasia and Pompaia 12
Olympieia 15
Theogamia 16
2 Festivals of Demeter 17
Thesmophoria and Stenia 18
Skira 22
The Great Mysteries 24
Haloa 35
3 Festivals of Athena, Aphrodite and Hephaistos 38
Chalkeia 38
Arrephoria 39
Plynteria 46
Aphrodisia 48
Festivals of Hephaistos 51
4 Panathenaia and Parthenon 55
5 Festivals of Apollo and Artemis 73
Thargelia and Pyanopsia 76
Hiketeria (?) 79
Mounychia 81
Charisteria 82
Brauronia and Arkteia 83
6 Festivals of Dionysos 89
Oschophoria 89
Anthesteria 92
Lenaia 100
Rural Dionysia and City Dionysia 101
Conclusions 105
Index 111
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