The Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore: Topography and Architecture

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A careful and detailed presentation of the architectural remains of the Sanctuary of Demeter and Kore on the slopes of Acrocorinth, beginning with the earliest traces of occupation in the Mycenaean period and ending with the Late Roman cemetery. The first chapter presents the ancient testimonia for the location of the Sanctuary and details its discovery by the excavators. In the chapters on the architecture, arranged chronologically, the authors describe in detail the buildings found on each of the three terraces of the Sanctuary, including the dining rooms, cooking and bathing facilities, and religious structures. A separate chapter discusses the elements of the Acrocorinth dining rooms and their place in the architecture of sacred dining. Extensively illustrated with section drawings and plans. "The volume serves up a very large body of data which can be used by scholars in various subdisciplines—architectural history, art history (sculpture and mosaics), religious studies, etc. The authors encourage the reader to refrain from extensive interpretation of cult due to the fact that key studies of sanctuary material have yet to be published, but this advice will surely fall on deaf ears because this publication offers evidence of a unique architectural setting and an array of associated finds. Its thoroughness will do much to stimulate discussion on the topics of Ancient Greek dining rituals, the development of Greek sanctuaries, and the organization of ritual space" Blanche Menadier, The Classical Review (2001, pp. 195-196).

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780876611838
  • Publisher: American School of Classical Studies at Athens
  • Publication date: 12/28/1997
  • Series: Corinth Series
  • Edition description: Volume XVIII Part 3
  • Pages: 315

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Bibliography and Abbreviations
1 Sources, Location, Excavation 1
2 Mycenaean and Geometric Remains 13
3 The Lower Terrace in the Archaic Period 19
4 The Middle Terrace in the Archaic Period 53
5 The Lower Terrace in the 5th Century B.C. 85
6 The Middle Terrace in the 5th Century B.C. 153
7 The Lower Terrace, ca. 400-146 B.C. 171
8 The Middle Terrace, ca. 400-146 B.C. 231
9 The Greek Upper Terrace 253
10 The Lower Terrace in the Roman Period 273
11 The Middle Terrace in the Roman Period 303
12 The Roman Upper Terrace 337
13 The Later Remains 379
14 The Dining Rooms 393
Appendix I: Tables 1-6 413
Appendix II 421
15 The Historical Development of the Sanctuary 423
16 Architectural Catalogue 441
General Index 483
Index of Pottery Lots 493
Index of Bone Lots 497
Index of Inventoried Objects Cited 499
Index of Ancient Sources 507
Index of Greek and Latin 509
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