Athenian Myths and Festivals: Aglauros, Erechtheus, Plynteria, Panathenaia, Dionysia

Athenian Myths and Festivals: Aglauros, Erechtheus, Plynteria, Panathenaia, Dionysia

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By (author) Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, Edited by Robert Parker

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  • Publisher: Oxford University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 392 pages
  • Dimensions: 144mm x 218mm x 32mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 8 April 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Oxford
  • ISBN 10: 0199592071
  • ISBN 13: 9780199592074
  • Illustrations note: 2 in-text illustrations
  • Sales rank: 904,210

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Moving out from a particular problem about a particular Athenian festival, the late Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood investigates central questions concerning Athenian festivals and the myths that underlay them. She studies the role played at festivals by hereditary religious associations, showing how simple actions of undressing, veiling, bathing, and re-dressing a statue created a symbolic drama of abnormality, reversion to primeval time, and renewal for the Athenians. Sourvinou-Inwood also offers a reading of the ever controversial Parthenon frieze. Her book, brought to completion by Robert Parker, displays all the attention to detail and the concern for methodological rigour that have made her an iconic figure among students of Greek religion.

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I. FESTIVALS AND GENE: RECONSTRUCTIONS, PROBLEMATIK, METHODOLOGIES ; II. CULTIC MYTHS AND OTHERS: AGLAUROS, ERICHTHONIOS, ERECHTHEUS, PRAXITHEA ; 1. Reading cultic myths ; 2. Aglauros ; 3. Erechtheus, Erichthonios and others ; 4. Reconstructing cultic myths: a summary of the conclusions ; III. READING A FESTIVAL NEXUS: PLYNTERIA AND KALLYNTERIA ; 5. Thargelion 25: Day One of the Plynteria ; 6. Aglauros, Aitia, Plynteria and Kallynteria ; 7. Thargelion 26: Day Two: the procession to Phaleron ; 8. Kallynteria: Thargelion 27 and 28: the return to the Acropolis and the reopening of the temple ; 9. Washing the new wool ; IV. ATHENA AT THE PALLADION AND THE PALLADION MYTHS ; V. ATHENA POLIAS, PANATHENAIA AND THE PEPLOS ; VI. CITY DIONYSIA AND THE CULT OF DIONYSOS ELEUTHEREUS ; VII. GENE AND ATHENIAN FESTIVALS: SOME CONCLUSIONS