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Content and Form

J. Rasmus Brandt

in Greek and Roman Festivals

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696093
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745744 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199696093.003.0006
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What can the material culture of Greek sanctuaries tell us on the one hand about ritual activities and on the other about civic concerns, social customs, and phenomena from which such activities originated–in sum the form and content of the religious festivities? The purpose is to look at some of the restrictions and the potentials of the material culture, not to make a complete study of the material groups found in one specific sanctuary or in sanctuaries in general. The discussions will centre on archaeological material belonging both at the communal level (seen from both a synchronic and diachronic point of view) and the individual level: the first will reveal mostly matters of form, the second matters of content. The presentation can thus at times have the character of disjecta membra, but as a faint leitmotif the Panathenaic festival at Athens shall be used.

Keywords: Athens; communal level; content; diachrony; form; greek sanctuaries; individual level; material culture; panathenaic festival; ritual activities; synchrony

Chapter.  19880 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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