Locality and Panhellenism: Aiginetan Myth and Delphic Ritual

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

Locality and Panhellenism: Aiginetan Myth and Delphic Ritual

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This chapter begins by narrating the story of the cult of Zeus Hellanios and Aiakos, the son of Zeus, who rescued the Greeks from drought and famine. It then discusses the interesting aetiological configuration of the Aiginetan local hero who acts to the benefit of a fictitious Panhellenic worshipping community. It clarifies the intricacies of a choral performance that can be seen to fuse the Panhellenic ritual and the local Aiginetan myth. It notes that this association provides an important key to understanding the song and the role played by its performance in the historical context of early fifth-century Greece, where locality and Panhellenism were constantly charted against each other. It tells of the unfolding of the relationship between the Panhellenic festival and local Aiginetan myths. It shows how it construes a claim of Aiakid importance for the festival and its worshipping community Paean 6. It defines Delphinic Theoxenia.

Keywords: Zeus Hellanios; Aiakos; Panhellenic cult; ritual; Paean 6; Delphinic Theoxenia

Chapter.  23706 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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