Sanctuaries and the Sacred in the Ancient Greek World

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Cambridge University Press, Oct 17, 2005 - Art - 272 pages
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The first chapters outline important themes and issues, including locations and their meanings, defining features of sanctuaries, the relationship between structure and ritual, political as well as religious functions, transformations over time, and the activities and experiences of the individual. These themes are linked to historic and specific sanctuaries, notably Olympia and Delphi, as examples of major international sanctuaries; Samos and Poseidonia, as urban sanctuaries in different parts of the Greek world; and the acropolis in Athens. Final chapters trace the consequences of the Roman conquest, the triumph of Christianity, as well as the impact of Turks, travelers, archaeologists, and tourists on these sites. Written in a clear style and richly illustrated, this 2005 book is intended for students and provides an accessible yet authoritative introduction to the material aspects of ancient Greek sanctuaries and the ritual activities which took place there. It includes a lengthy glossary and a chapter bibliography.
  

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Contents

Introduction
1
1 Themes
2
2 Sanctuary Histories
14
3 Cultural Differences
15
Setting the Stage
17
2 Time and Place
22
3 The Evidence
25
Family and Polis
27
6 State Offerings
115
Prayers Hymns Songs
116
Sanctuary Histories Olympia
119
2 The Early Years
120
3 Building Decorating Dedicating and Competing
122
4 The Olympic Games
131
Sanctuary Histories Delphi
135
2 The Early Years
136

Growth and Variety
29
3 Hero Cults
34
4 Smaller Sanctuaries
35
The Sitting of Sanctuaries
39
2 Interurban Sanctuaries
40
3 Urban Sanctuaries
42
5 Extraurban Sanctuaries
46
6 Rural Sanctuaries
51
Sanctuary Placement and the Formation of the Polis
52
Architecture for the Gods Sacred Building
57
Gateways
58
3 Altars
60
4 Temples
62
5 The Parthenon
68
6 Other Buildings
74
Activities and Experiences I Rites and Rituals
78
2 Sacrifice
80
3 Dance
82
4 Dining and Drinking
84
5 The Thesmophoria
87
6 Getting in Touch
88
7 Initiation
92
8 Asylum Purification Healing
97
Activities and Experiences II Offerings
100
Eighth and Seventh Centuries
101
Sixth Century
106
Fifth and Fourth Centuries
110
5 Temple Inventories
114
3 Enlarging and Enhancing the Sanctuary
138
4 The Oracle
151
Sanctuary Histories The Acropolis at Athens
154
2 The Early Years
156
3 From Makeshift to Majestic
157
4 New Perspectives
164
Sanctuary Histories Poseidonia
167
2 The Early Years
168
The Urban Sanctuary of Hera
170
4 Sanctuaries in the Countryside
175
5 The Suburban Sanctuary at Santa Venera
184
Sanctuary Histories The Acropolis at Athens
186
2 The Eighth and SeventhCentury Acropolis
187
3 The Archaic Sanctuary
188
4 The Classical Acropolis
190
5 The Panathenaia
202
Greece Rome and Byzantium
205
2 The Spread of Christianity
207
3 Olympia and Delphi
210
4 Athens
213
5 Samos and Poseidonia
220
The Aftermath
225
2 Travelers and Architects
230
3 Archaeologists and Tourists
234
Glossary
241
Bibliography
247
Index
255
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John Pedley is Emeritus Professor of Classical Archaeology and Greek, at the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. He is the author of numerous articles and books, among them Greek Art and Archaeology, now in its third edition. Former director of the Kelsey Museum of Archaeology, he has received fellowships and grants from the American Council of Learned Societies, the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Philosophical Society.

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