Dancing on Delos: <i>Δαλίων θύγατρες</i> between Myth, Ritual, and <i>theoria</i>

Barbara Kowalzig

in Singing for the Gods

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780199219964
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191712968 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Classical Monographs

Dancing on Delos: Δαλίων θύγατρες between Myth, Ritual, and theoria

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This chapter examines choral performances on Delos, a centre of theoria, the peculiar form of state-pilgrimage previously mentioned. It sets out the fundamental case of how aetiological myth is re-enacted in choral performance, and how the breakdown of mythical past and ritual present in choral performances allows a constant reformulation of mythical pasts and ritual presents through sacred performances taken for granted in later chapters.

Keywords: choral performance; Delos; theoria; state-pilgrimage; aetiological myth; ritual present; mythical past; sacred

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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