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By Jennifer Larson

ISBN-10: 0203356985

ISBN-13: 9780203356982

Utilizing archaeological, epigraphic, and literary resources; and incorporating present scholarly theories, this quantity will function a very good better half to any creation to Greek mythology, displaying a facet of the Greek gods to which so much scholars are hardly exposed.

Detailed adequate for use as a short reference software or textual content, and delivering a readable account concentrating on the oldest, so much common, and best non secular practices of the traditional Greek international within the Archaic and Classical sessions, historic Greek Cults surveys historic Greek faith throughout the cults of its gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines.

Jennifer Larson very easily summarizes an unlimited volume of fabric in lots of languages, usually inaccessible to undergrad scholars, and explores, intimately, the range of cults celebrated through the Greeks, how those cults differed geographically, and the way every one deity used to be conceptualized in neighborhood cult titles and rituals.

Including an introductory bankruptcy on assets and strategies, and recommendations for additional analyzing this booklet will let readers to achieve a clean standpoint on Greek faith.

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Every year, seven boys and seven girls from noble families were dressed in black and sent to live in the sanctuary of Hera Akraia (it is unclear whether this refers to a sanctuary in Korinth itself, since no such sanctuary has been identified, or to that at Perachora). 11 All these myths and related customs have been taken as evidence of a real (in the distant past) or symbolic child sacrifice to appease hostile divine forces, or as an initiation rite by which the youths and maidens, after a period of separation from the community, reached adult status.

Given the fact that Hera’s temples are everywhere among the earliest attested, this is likely, but other explanations are possible. 1 Terracotta house or temple model from Perachora. End of the ninth century. Athens, National Archaeological Museum. Bildarchiv Foto Marburg. The center of the sanctuary, and its earliest feature, was the altar, which existed from the tenth century. 5 All this grandeur, however, came after the sanctuary was well established. While not of Panhellenic stature, its fortunes rose with those of the maritime state of Samos in the seventh and sixth centuries.

9 33 HE RA Hera at Korinth and Perachora The Heraion at Perachora was among the richest minor sanctuaries in Greece. Literary sources are almost completely silent about this sanctuary, but the archaeological finds show that it was of great importance during the Archaic period. In the territory of the prosperous mercantile state of Korinth, it was founded in the eighth century and saw the construction of yet another of the very early temples to Hera we have noted. 5 m in length. Nothing is known about the cult image, but the goddess here was called Hera Akraia (of the Headland), a reference to the Perachora promontory on which the sanctuary was situated near a small harbor.

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