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<i>Hiketai</i> and <i>Theōroi</i> at Epidauros

Fred Naiden

in Pilgrimage in Graeco-Roman and Early Christian Antiquity

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780199237913
Published online February 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191716713 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199237913.003.0003
                      Hiketai and Theōroi at Epidauros

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This chapter explores an aspect of healing-pilgrimage that is often neglected — supplication (Greek hiketeia). It analyses the relation between this and on the one hand other forms of supplication, and on the other hand theōria, which is primarily a matter of the activities of sacred delegates acting on behalf of their city-state, whereas hiketeia is usually conducted by individual suppliants making requests of the god on their own behalf. This thoughtful comparison helps to sharpen our understanding of both categories.

Keywords: supplication; theōria; pilgrimage; healing; hiketeia

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Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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