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Regional Religious Groups, Amphictionies, and Other Leagues

Christy Constantakopoulou

in The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion

Published in print October 2015 | ISBN: 9780199642038
Published online March 2016 | | DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199642038.013.20

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Classics and Ancient History

Regional Religious Groups, Amphictionies, and Other Leagues

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This chapter examines religious networks through the evidence of religious activity centred in sanctuaries. While it is difficult to draw firm lines between the categories of ‘local’, ‘regional’, and ‘Panhellenic’ appeal for various cult centres, it is clear that different sanctuaries had different catchment areas of appeal. The chapter discusses the case of amphictionies, and, specifically, the history of the Delphic amphictiony, as a formal attestation of an administration reflecting a regional (and then Panhellenic) appeal. The two case studies discussed are the religious networks of Delos and of Samothrace; both had extensive regional appeal, but for rather different reasons.

Keywords: amphictiony; Delos; Delphic local; regional Panhellenic; Samothrace; networks; cult centres

Article.  7559 words. 

Subjects: Classical Studies ; Religion in the Ancient World

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