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Introduction

SUSAN GUETTEL COLE

in Landscapes, Gender, and Ritual Space

Published by University of California Press

Published in print March 2004 | ISBN: 9780520235441
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780520929326 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1525/california/9780520235441.003.0001
Introduction

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Each identifiable community craves a place to claim as home. Claims are articulated in a variety of ways, but the need for sustenance binds populations very strongly to the land. Herodotus lists four elements that determined what he calls “the Hellenic factor”: the same blood, the same tongue, common rituals and shared sanctuaries, and the same habits or way of life. In the Greek polis, transactions of gender were played out in a political environment very different from that of other cultural systems around the ancient Mediterranean. An overview of the chapters included in this book is provided. The discussion explores how dividing the landscape into ritual space and productive space was related to the social articulation of gender as enacted in ritual. Each chapter pursues a different set of clues.

Keywords: Greek polis; Hellenic factor; landscape; ritual space; productive space; gender; social articulation

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Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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