New Tunes in Musical Argos: Mapping out the Argolid in Cultic Song

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

New Tunes in Musical Argos: Mapping out the Argolid in Cultic Song

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This chapter demonstrates that surviving cult songs may well have had a full share in these contemporary historical processes: a drawing together of myths and rituals, a religious synoikism, reconfiguring the gods and heroes of the Plain, was part and parcel of the way Argos orchestrated internal social change and externally kept pace with the fifth-century developments in Greece. It notes that two perspectives can be unfolded: that of the eastern Argolid, concerning the maritime cities placed along the coast, the Argive Akte, and that of the Argive plaine, the Argeia — whose poleis, especially Mykenai, were the figureheads of the all-Greek past, the Trojan War itself. It mentions Apollo Pythaieus home at Asine and the ethnic integration in the eastern Argolid. It explains that the second part of this chapter suggests a role for the Argive song-cycle in these processes, which can be seen as complementary to those demonstrated in the first part.

Keywords: religion; Argos; Greece; Akte; Argeia; poleis; Mykenai; Apollo Pythaieus; Asine; song-cycle

Chapter.  27011 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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