Landscapes of Artemis


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:
Landscapes of Artemis

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Legends about Artemis reflect the realities of space and place because she was a goddess often located in or near easily disputable areas. The placement of temples of Artemis on major ancient highways at regional boundary points reflected the shape of the land and emphasized the relation of political territory to natural landscapes. The epiphany of Artemis at Mounychia was considered essential to the restoration of democracy and was later recognized when Artemis Phosphoros was included among the divinities named in official prayers of the governing bodies of the polis. Artemis protected boundary lands, tied boundary lands to the center, and prepared communities for meeting military crises in vulnerable places.

Keywords: Artemis; landscape; temples; political territory; epiphany

Chapter.  8579 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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