Pilgrims And Pilgrimage In Ancient Greece

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This volume explores the religious motivations for pilgrimage and reveals the main preoccupations of worshippers in Ancient Greece.
Dillon examines the main sanctuaries of Delphi, Epidauros and Olympia, as well as the less well-known oracle of Didyma in Asia Minor and the festivals at the Isthmus of Corinth. He discusses the modes of travel to the sites, means of communication between pilgrims and the religious and ritual practices at the ...

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Overview

This volume explores the religious motivations for pilgrimage and reveals the main preoccupations of worshippers in Ancient Greece.
Dillon examines the main sanctuaries of Delphi, Epidauros and Olympia, as well as the less well-known oracle of Didyma in Asia Minor and the festivals at the Isthmus of Corinth. He discusses the modes of travel to the sites, means of communication between pilgrims and the religious and ritual practices at the sanctuaries themselves.
A unique insight into pilgrimage in Ancient Greece is presented, focusing on the diverse aspects of pilgrimage; the role of women and children, the religious festivals of particular ethnic groups and the colourful celebrations involving music, athletics and equestrian events. Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece is an accessible and fascinating volume, which reveals how the concept of pilgrimage contributes to Greek religion as a whole.

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Dillon (U. of New England, Australia), explores the religious motivations for pilgrimage and reveals the main preoccupations of worshippers in Ancient Greece. He focuses on the diverse aspects of pilgrimage, the role of women and children, the religious festivals of particular ethnic groups and the colorful celebrations involving music, athletics and equestrian events. Annotation c. by Book News, Inc., Portland, Or.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415127752
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 7/10/1997
  • Pages: 336
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.88 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Abbreviations
Introduction
1 Official Pilgrimage Invitations and Sacred Truces 1
2 The Sanctity of Greek Pilgrims 27
3 Pilgrimage Destinations I: Mystery Cults, Healing Sanctuaries and Oracles 60
4 Pilgrimage Destinations II: Contests at Panhellenic Festivals 99
5 Pilgrimages by Ethnic Groups 124
6 Cult Regulations at Sanctuaries 149
7 The Female Pilgrim 183
8 Organisational Requirements at Pilgrimage Sites 204
Notes 228
Bibliography 279
Index 285
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