Gods and Heroes in the Athenian Agora
Religion played a part in almost every aspect of civic life, so shrines, temples, altars, and dedications are conspicuous at almost every turn during a visit to the Athenian Agora. The author of this booklet shows where and how the major Olympian gods were worshipped, and then turns his attention to lesser known deities, such as Hekate, the triple-bodied goddess of the crossroads. He argues that the cults of heroes, such as Theseus, one of the legendary founders of Athens, were much more popular than the official state religion focused on the Olympian gods.
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3rd century addition Agora Akropolis altar ancient Aphrodite Apollo Artemis Asklepios aspect Athenian Athens became bouleuterion boundary bronze building century after Christ Church citizen common corner crossroads crowns cult daughters of Leos decorated dedicated deity Demeter Democracy Dionysos early Egyptian gods enclosure Eponymous Heroes excavations favorite festival figure front goddess Greek Hadrian Harmodios Hekate Hephaisteion Hephaistos Herakles Hermes Hestia hill hold Homeric Hymn honor important known Lamp late sth century later Marble monument Mother Note Numerous objects offerings Olympian originals particularly patron Pausanias perhaps Persians Plan popular Poseidon race records relief religious represented restored drawing ritual Roman Roman emperor Roman period RULERS sanctuary Second half seen served shrine side square statue Statue base sth century B.C. STOA stone stood symbols temple Theseus throughout torch tribes Twelve Gods vase Votive wall worshipped Zeus