Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece by Susan E. Alcock

Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient Greece

EditorSusan E. Alcock, Robin Osborne

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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 inestablishing 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 archaicGreece 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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Susan E. Alcock is at University of Michigan. Robin Osborne is at Corpus Christi College, Oxford.
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Title:Placing the Gods: Sanctuaries and Sacred Space in Ancient GreeceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:282 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.75 inPublished:November 1, 1994Publisher:Oxford University Press

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The essays critically the relationship between sanctuaries and political units in the Greek world over the best part of two millennia, both extending de Polignac's sort of analysis back and forward in time, and also assessing the limits of that analysis.

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`coherent, integrated, and explicitly theory-based collection of commissioned essays edited by Alcock and Osborne'P.A. Cartledge, Clare College, Cambridge, The International History Review, XVIII, 1: February 1996