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Greeks Bearing Gifts: religious relationships between Sicily and Greece in the archaic period

Shepherd Gillian

in Sicily from Aeneas to Augustus

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print December 2000 | ISBN: 9780748613670
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748650996 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748613670.003.0005
Greeks Bearing Gifts: religious relationships between Sicily and Greece in the archaic period

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An important theme in the discussion of the colonisation of Greece has been the relationship that existed between a Greek colony and its mother-city. A common view of antiquity is that there existed on-going active relationships between colonies and mother-cities that were based upon common origin and reinforced by sentiment. This chapter examines the evidence for such relationships, particularly as it applies to the colonies founded in Sicily in the archaic period. It is in the field of ritual and religion that scholars have detected the real bond between colonies and mother-cities upon which other encounters were based. Religion, it is argued, was the underlying structure through which close colony and mother-city relationships were maintained and articulated. The evidence for oikist cults is rather scanty, but in fact one of the most compelling pieces comes from Sicily.

Keywords: colonisation; Greece; colony; religious relationships; Sicily; ritual; religion; oikist cults

Chapter.  6443 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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