Athena Polias, Panathenaia, and the <i>Peplos</i>

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

in Athenian Myths and Festivals

Published in print January 2011 | ISBN: 9780199592074
Published online May 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595592 | DOI:
Athena Polias, Panathenaia, and the Peplos

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This chapter discusses certain aspects of the Panathenaia, including its aitia, and some aspects of the cult of Athena Polias. A central focus of the investigations is the offering of the peplos to Athena and the ways in which the Panathenaia related to the Plynteria. It also engages with the much discussed topic of the Parthenon frieze, because certain readings of this representational nexus, and of the peplos itself, have taken insufficient account of the system of religious representations of which this offering was part. This is especially true of a few relatively recent suggestions concerning the peplos.

Keywords: Panathenaia; Athenian Polias; cults; peplos; Parthenon frieze

Chapter.  20853 words. 

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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