Religion and Society in Ancient Thessaly by Maria MiliReligion and Society in Ancient Thessaly by Maria Mili

Religion and Society in Ancient Thessaly

byMaria Mili

Hardcover | December 27, 2014

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The fertile plains of the ancient Greek region of Thessaly stretch south from the shadow of Mount Olympus. Thessaly's numerous small cities were home to some of the richest men in Greece, their fabulous wealth counted in innumerable flocks and slaves. It had a strict oligarchic government anda reputation for indulgence and witchcraft, but also a dominant position between Olympus and Delphi, and a claim to some of the greatest Greek heroes, such as Achilles himself. It can be viewed as both the cradle of many aspects of Greek civilization and as a challenge to the dominant image ofancient Greece as moderate, rational, and democratic.Religion and Society in Ancient Thessaly explores the issues of regionalism in ancient Greek religion and the relationship between religion and society, as well as the problem of thinking about these matters through particular bodies of evidence. It discusses in depth the importance of citizenshipand of other group-identities in Thessaly, and the relationship between cult activity and political and social organization. The volume investigates the Thessalian particularities of the evidence and the role of religion in giving the inhabitants of this land a sense of their identity and place inthe wider Greek world, as well as the role of Thessaly in the ancients' and moderns' understanding of Greekness.
Maria Mili has studied history and archaeology at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, the University of Edinburgh, and the University of Oxford. She lives in Athens and Crete.
Title:Religion and Society in Ancient ThessalyFormat:HardcoverDimensions:448 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:December 27, 2014Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of MapsAbbreviations1. Three Questions for a Regional Study of Religion1.1 Regional Studies of Religion: Questions, Structures, and Titles1.2 Defining the Unit of Analysis: Polis Religion in Ethne?1.3 Describing Difference1.4 Assessing the Evidence1.4.1a. Inscribed Sculpted Dedications1.4.1b. Other Dedications1.4.2. Varieties of Religious Space1.5 At the Limits of the Evidence: The Case of Hera2. Oligarchic Constitution and Religion in the Thessalian Poleis2.1 Religion, Oligarchic Citizenship and the Ethnos2.2 The Gene and Phratries versus Phylai Controversy2.3 Citizenship in Thessalian Poleis2.3.1 Political Participation and Citizenship2.3.2 Politeia, Politeuma, and Astos in Thessalian Inscriptions2.4 The Second Sex: Women in Thessalian Society and World View2.5 Models of Oligarchic Constitution and Religion in the Thessalian Poleis3. Polis Cults3.1 Questions and Definitions3.2 Cults on the Acropolis3.2.1 Guarding the City: The Cult of Athena Polias3.2.2 Killing for the City: The Problem of Zeus Thaulios3.2.3 Acropolisa Views of the Countryside: Dionysus, Demeter, and Heracles.3.3 Cults in the Agora3.3.1 Cults in the Agora(s) of Atrax: Themis, Athena, and Others?3.3.2 Hestia: Private Claims at the Common Hearth?3.3.3 Whose Profit? The Cult of Apollo Kerdoos3.4 Around the Walls3.4.1 The Cult of Asclepius3.4.2 On the Road: The Cult of Ennodia3.5 Conclusions: Polis Cults of the aThessalian Polisa4. Thessaly through the Kaleidoscope4.1 The Thessalian Space-time4.2 Mythical Structures of Thessalian Geography4.3 Historical Perspectives: New People, New Gods, New Cities5. Panthessalianism and Religion5.1 Thessalian Unity and aEthnos Religiona5.2 Who Were the Thessalians?5.3 The Cult of Athena Itonia and the Problem of Beginnings5.4 The Cult of Poseidon Petraios and the Festival Peloria: Different Ways of Being Thessalian5.5 Thessaly and Delphi5.6 Cults of the Thessalians and Their Syngeneis5.7 Panthessalianism and Religion: Understanding Variety6. The Land Rich in Herbs6.1 Welcome to Thessaly: Meadows, Horses, Parties, and Herbs!6.2 Thessalian Visions of the Underworld6.3 Priests, Charlatans, and Charismatics6.4 The Enchantment of ThessalyEpilogueAppendix 1: Thessalian inscribed dedicationsAppendix 2: Site-summaries of Thessalian sanctuariesAppendix 3: Catalogue of social/religious groups attested in the epigraphic recordBibliographySubject IndexSelect Index of Sources