Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece

Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece

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This volume explores the religious motivations for pilgrimage and reveals the main preoccupations of worshippers in Ancient Greece. Dillon examines the main sanctuaries of Delphi, Epidauros and Olympia, as well as the less well-known oracle of Didyma in Asia Minor and the festivals at the Isthmus of Corinth. He discusses the modes of travel to the sites, means of communication between pilgrims and the religious and ritual practices at the sanctuaries themselves. A unique insight into pilgrimage in Ancient Greece is presented, focusing on the diverse aspects of pilgrimage; the role of women and children, the religious festivals of particular ethnic groups and the colourful celebrations involving music, athletics and equestrian events. Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece is an accessible and fascinating volume, which reveals how the concept of pilgrimage contributes to Greek religion as a whole.show more

Product details

  • Hardback | 332 pages
  • 146 x 218 x 32mm | 580.61g
  • Taylor & Francis Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 0415127750
  • 9780415127752

Review quote

"Dillon provides a well organized and carefully researched book that will prove to be an essential tool in Greek religion."-Religious Studies Review, Jan. 1999 ..."nicely written, and well worth reading."-"Edward Kadletz, Ball State University "Dillon's work is a useful compendium of sources, logically arranged, and comprehensively uniting material usually treated in seperate fields: history, religion, economics, sanctuaries, travel, athletics, and women...This work makes the Greek's experiences easy to imagine, thanks to its clear style and excellent choices of examples. Dillon asks and answers practical questions: most pilgrims stayed in tents, got food, clothes, and offerings from special markets, and were subject to many rules of both religious and practical importance-where they could park their vehicles, light their fires, and pasture their animals...This is a well-produced book. Its lack of typographical errors sets this volume apart from recently-published error-ridden texts. Its bibliography and notes are gratifyingly rich. Though aware of varying interpretations, Dillon does not engage in polemic on scholarly minutiae. Pilgrims will be profitably consulted by students at all levels.."show more

Table of contents

Preface Introduction 1. Official Pilgrimage Invitations and Sacred Truces 2. The Sanctity of Greek Pilgrims 3. Pilgrimage Destinations I: Mystery Cults, Healing Sanctuaries and Oracles 4. Pilgrimage Destinations II: Contests at Panhellenic Festivals 5. Pilgrimages by Ethnic Groups 6. Cult Regulations at Sanctuaries 7. The Female Pilgrim 8. Organizational Requirements at Pilgrimage Sites Footnotes Abbreviations Bibliography Indexshow more