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Sanctuaries and the Sacred in the Ancient Greek World

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  • Date Published: October 2005
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521006354

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  • This book explores the variety of ancient Greek sanctuaries--their settings, spaces, shapes, and structures--and the rituals associated with them, such as festivals and processions, sacrifice and libation, dining and drinking, prayer and offering, dance, initiation, consultation, and purification. Subsequent 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. Featuring an exhaustive glossary and bibliography, the volume provides an accessible, authoritative introduction to ancient Greek sanctuaries and their ritual activities.

    • Discusses the siting of sanctuaries and current issues surrounding the role played by sanctuaries in formation of city-states
    • Attention to the site of Poseidonia, which offers good examples of the various types of sanctuary: urban, suburban, extra-urban, and rural
    • Explores later history of Greek sanctuaries: the impact of Rome, Byzantium, and the Ottomans in Greece
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    "The straightforward and graphic presentation of the subject will strike most readers as both inviting and engaging."
    Signe Isager, The Classical Bulletin

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 2005
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521006354
    • length: 292 pages
    • dimensions: 251 x 178 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.52kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Setting the stage
    3. Growth and variety
    4. The siting of sanctuaries
    5. Architecture for the Gods: sacred building
    6. Activities and experiences I
    7. Activities and experiences II: offerings
    8. Sanctuary histories: Olympia
    9. Sanctuary histories: Delphi
    10. Sanctuary histories: Samos
    11. Sanctuary histories: Poseidonia
    12. Sanctuary histories: the Acropolis at Athens
    13. Greece, Rome and Byzantium
    14. The aftermath.

  • Author

    John Pedley, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
    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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