Ritual Space


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:
Ritual Space

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This chapter addresses the evidence for recognizing sacred space. It starts by introducing the boundaries between human and divine. Every polis inhabited the same landscape as its divinities. Respect for the landscape reflected respect for the gods. Two of Hesiod's aphorisms were concerned with maintaining a proper relationship to flowing water. The Greek ideology of pollution recognized three categories of existence: the dead, the living, and the immortal. The discovery of sacred space and the creation of ritual space are described. In addition, the chapter explains the hierarchies of sacred space. The level of sanctity attached to a particular space was a measure of the caution expected of those who would cross its boundaries.

Keywords: ritual space; sacred space; human; divine; polis; Hesiod; Greek ideology

Chapter.  16149 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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