Delphi and Olympia: The Spatial Politics of Panhellenism in the Archaic and Classical Periods

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Cambridge University Press, Apr 22, 2010 - History - 356 pages
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Most people think about the sanctuary of Delphi as the seat of the famous oracle and of Olympia as the site of the Olympic games. The oracle and the games, however, were but two of the many activities ongoing at both sites. This book investigates the physical remains of both sanctuaries to show how different visitors interacted with the sacred spaces of Delphi and Olympia in an important variety of ways during the archaic and classical periods. It highlights how this fluid usage impacted upon, and was itself affected by, the development of the sanctuary space and how such usage influenced the place and relationship of these two sites in the wider landscape. As a result, it argues for the re-evaluation of the roles of Delphi and Olympia in the Greek world and for a re-thinking of the usefulness of the term 'panhellenism' in Greek politics, religion and culture.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Athletes and oracles but what else?
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2 Dedicating at Olympia and Delphi
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3 Delphi 650500 bc
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4 Delphi 500400 bc
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5 Delphi 400300 bc
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6 Olympia 650479 bc
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7 Olympia 479300 bc
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8 Comparing spaces
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9 Panhellenic sanctuaries and panhellenism in context
250
Bibliography
274
Appendices
309
Index
348
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Michael Scott is Moses and Mary Finley Fellow in Ancient History at Darwin College, Cambridge. He has recently published From Democrats to Kings: The Brutal Dawn on a New World from the Downfall of Athens to the Rise of Alexander the Great (2009).

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