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Festivals and <i>Genē</i>

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

in Athenian Myths and Festivals

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592074
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595592 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592074.003.0001
Festivals and Genē

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This chapter first sets out the purpose of the book, which is to investigate in detail aspects of a few Athenian festivals and cults and their associated myths, the exploration of which also involves the wider mythology of early Athens. The book examines gentilicial participation in festivals of two different kinds: on the one hand the festival nexus of the Plynteria and Kallynteria, and on the other the Panathenaia and the City Dionysia — two festivals characterized as ‘panathenaic’. The chapter also discusses the methodological issues raised by the reconstruction of Athenian festivals.

Keywords: Athenian festivals; cults; myths; Plynteria; Kallynteria; Panathenaia; City Dionysia

Chapter.  8673 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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