Placing the Gods by Susan E. Alcock
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Placing the Gods
By Susan E. Alcock

Placing the Gods

Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece

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Placing the Gods by Susan E. Alcock

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No one disputes the centrality of cult activity in the lives of individuals and communities in ancient Greece. The significance of where people worshipped their gods has been far less acknowledged. In 1884 Francois de Polignac argued that the placing of cult centres played a major part in establishing the concept of the city-state in archaic Greece. The essays in this collection, headed by that of de Polignac himself in which he re-assesses his position, critically examine the social and political importance of sanctuary placement, not only by re-examining the case of the archaic Greece discussed by de Polignac, but by extending analysis both back to Mycenaean times and onwards to Greece under Roman occupation. These essays reveal something of the complexity of relations between religion and politics in ancient Greece, demonstrating how vital factors such as tradition, gender relations, and cult identity were in creating and maintaining the religious mapping of the Greek countryside.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198150602
ISBN-10: 0198150601
Format: Paperback
(233mm x 156mm x 19mm)
Pages: 282
Imprint: Clarendon Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 25-Apr-1996
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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Author Biography - Susan E. Alcock

Susan E. Alcock is Assistant Professor of Archaeology at the University of Michigan. Robin Osborne is University Lecturer in Ancient History, and Fellow and Tutor at Corpus Christi College, Oxford. Dr. Osborne also edited Ritual, Finance, Politics: Athenian Democratic Accounts Presented to David Lewis (OUP, 1995) with Simon Hornblower.

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