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Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece

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Cult activity played an extremely important role in ancient Greece--to the point, historians believe, that the placing of cult centers played a major part in establishing the whole concept of the city-state in archaic Greece. The essays in this collection critically examine the social and political importance of sanctuary placement, extending the analysis back to Mycenean Greece and on to Greece under Roman occupation. Revealing the complexity of relations between religion and politics in ancient Greece, these ...
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Overview


Cult activity played an extremely important role in ancient Greece--to the point, historians believe, that the placing of cult centers played a major part in establishing the whole concept of the city-state in archaic Greece. The essays in this collection critically examine the social and political importance of sanctuary placement, extending the analysis back to Mycenean Greece and on to Greece under Roman occupation. Revealing the complexity of relations between religion and politics in ancient Greece, these essays show how important tradition, gender relations, and cult identity were in creating and maintaining the religious mapping of the ancient Greek countryside.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780198149477
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 11/17/1994
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.38 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 0.85 (d)

Table of Contents

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Introduction 1
1 Mediation, Competition, and Sovereignty: The Evolution of Rural Sanctuaries in Geometric Greece 3
2 After the 'Big Bang' - What? or Minoan Symbols and Shrines beyond Palatial Collapse 19
3 The Spatial Configuration of Belief: The Archaeology of Mycenaean Religion 37
4 Placing the Past: the Bronze Age in the Cultic Topography of Early Greece 79
5 The Evolution of a Sacral 'Landscape': Isthmia, Perachora, and the Early Corinthian State 105
6 Archaeology, the Salaminioi, and the Politics of Sacred Space in Archaic Attica 143
7 Sanctuaries in the Chora of Metaponto 161
8 Demeter in the Ancient Greek City and its Countryside 199
9 The Distribution of Sanctuaries in Civic Space in Arkadia 217
10 Trees in the Landscape of Pausanias' Periegesis 231
11 Minding the Gap in Hellenistic and Roman Greece 247
Index 263
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