Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult: Context, Ritual and Iconography

Aspects of Ancient Greek Cult: Context, Ritual and Iconography

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Overview

The papers in this volume illustrate the interplay between the studies of classical archaeology, religion, history, and musicology. The eight papers by the young scholars and their Nestor, Richard Hamilton, offer a fresh look at various aspects of ancient cult, including the use of the word cult in the academic disciplines of Archaeology and the History of Religion; the introduction of Asklepios to Athens, and a detailed study of the same god's sanctuary on the south slope of Akropolis, where it will be demonstrated that the layout of the early sanctuary on the east terrace was carefully designed after one central monument. The book also contains an innovative study of the Philippeion at Olympia, where it is argued that the tholos with its sculpture was a proto-type for the use of divine images and royal ideology by Hellenistic rulers. Other papers include a statistical approach to the illustration of baskets on Classical votive reliefs, a theoretical study of the role of music in ancient Greek cult, and analysis of the use of the chorus as one of the most important expressions of ancient cult in Sparta.



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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9788779342538
Publisher: Aarhus University Press
Publication date: 12/18/2009
Series: Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity Series , #8
Pages: 243
Product dimensions: 6.70(w) x 9.40(h) x 0.90(d)

Table of Contents

Preface Jesper Tae Jensen George Hinge Peter Schultz Bronwen Wickkiser 7

Introduction Jesper Tae Jensen 9

"Cult" in the Study of Religion and Archaeology Lisbeth Bredholt Christensen 13

Basket Case: Altars, Animals and Baskets on Classical Attic Votive Reliefs Richard Hamilton 29

Banishing Plague: Asklepios, Athens, and the Great Plague Reconsidered Bronwen Wickkiser 55

Der Altar des Asklepieions von Athen Vanda Papaefthymiou 67

The Athenian Asklepieion on the South Slope of the Akropolis: Early Development, ca. 420-360 B.C Michaelis Lefantzis Jesper Tae Jensen 91

Divine Images and Royal Ideology in the Philippeion at Olympia Peter Schultz 125

Music and Cult in Ancient Greece: Ethnomusicological Perspectives Tore Tuarnø Lind 195

Cultic Persona and the Transmission of the Partheneions George Hinge 215

Index 237

Contributors 245

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