The Political Process in the Public Festival

Jenifer Neils

in Greek and Roman Festivals

Published in print August 2012 | ISBN: 9780199696093
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191745744 | DOI:
The Political Process in the Public Festival

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The Panathenaic festival held in honor of Athena in her eponymous city is usually presented synchronically with little discussion of how it developed over the many centuries of its existence (566 bc to 4th century ad). This paper, with a view to Attic vase-painting and the Parthenon frieze, examines the first century of this major festival diachronically and suggests the possibility that certain elements, that seem traditional like the apobates race and the presentation of a peplos, are in fact later additions prompted by the changing political dynamic of Athens. The festival was part of a civic ideology, in which performance and communication were fundamental concepts

Keywords: attic vase-painting; civic ideology; communication; diachrony; parthenon frieze; performance; political changes; synchrony

Chapter.  5962 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Religion in the Ancient World

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