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The Economics of Dedication at Greek Sanctuaries

Anthony Snodgrass

in Archaeology and the Emergence of Greece

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print May 2006 | ISBN: 9780748623334
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748653577 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.3366/edinburgh/9780748623334.003.0014
The Economics of Dedication at Greek Sanctuaries

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Whether at Panhellenic sanctuaries — Olympia, Delphi, Delos — or at city and ethnos sanctuaries — Lindos, Perachora, Isthmia, the Argive and Samian Heraea, the Athenian Acropolis, Pherae — there is a very marked preponderance in the number of small dedications of geometric and archaic date, by comparison with those of later times. This profligacy of dedication was not a practice of time-honoured antiquity: in most cases, it had itself only come into being in the course of the eighth century BC. We are thus dealing initially with an episode that is roughly co-terminous with the archaic period of Greece. We must immediately concede that it is a phenomenon which relates entirely to preserved dedications. Parallel patterns of dedication, with a climax in the seventh and sixth centuries BC and a decline thereafter, can be observed in other categories of dedication, such as metal armour and weapons. At Olympia, for example, we have also a rich series of helmets which have been well studied.

Keywords: Greece; dedications; sanctuaries; Olympia; helmets; metal armour; weapons; Delphi; Delos; Isthmia

Chapter.  4575 words. 

Subjects: Greek and Roman Archaeology

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