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Cultic Myths and Others

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/9780199592074.003.0002
Cultic Myths and Others

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This chapter sets out the main lines of the mythicoritual personae of Aglauros and Erichthonios, and tries to reconstruct their place in the wider framework of Athenian mythology, as part of an attempt to set in place the main parameters within which the ancient Athenians made sense of the cultic myths of all three festivals: the Plynteria, the Kallynteria, and the Panathenaia. Inevitably, this enterprise needs to include an attempt to reconstruct the relationship between Erechtheus and Erichthonios and therefore also provides an exploration of the figure of Erechtheus — investigations into which are also crucial for the placing of Aglauros.

Keywords: Aglauros; Erechtheus; Erichthonios; Kekrops; Athenian mythology; cultic myth

Chapter.  44051 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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