Athletes and Oracles: The Transformation of Olympia and Delphi in the Eighth Century BC

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Cambridge University Press, Feb 22, 1990 - History - 324 pages
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This book is a study of the origins and development of cult practice at Olympia and Delphi. It traces changing patterns of activity through the material record, and challenges many assumptions about the nature and role of the archaeological data. Dr Morgan considers the economics of dedication, technology and the organization of craft production, which provide insights into the behaviour of producers and purchasers of material dedicated at sanctuaries. Her study is exceptional for the emphasis placed upon the two sites in their contemporary local contexts and their changing roles in society. The progression of state formation is discussed through the relationship between changes in dedicatory practice during the eighth century and the changing needs of communities. The book concludes with a detailed study of the wider roles of Olympia and Delphi as two major sanctuaries in Archaic Greece, considering their relationships with other sites and their place in the Greek festival calendar.

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Sanctuaries and the rise of the Greek state
The sanctuary of Zeus at Olympia
The early history of Olympia
Phokian settlement and the sanctuary at Delphi
The institution of the Delphic oracle
Sanctuaries the state and the individual
Iron Age archaeological evidence from
Archaeological evidence from Phokis
The cemetery at Galaxidi
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