‘The Theārion of the Pythian One’: The Aeginetan Theāroi in Context
The ‘Theārion of the Pythian one’ referred to in Pindar's Nemean 3 has emerged in recent scholarship as a central focus of debate in Aeginetan studies. There is general agreement that this must have been the meeting place for Aeginetan theāroi, one of whose principal functions was liaising with Delphi. This chapter discusses the significance of this building and its officials for the religious and political life of the polis, through an assessment of comparative evidence from other states, including inscriptions. On Aegina at least, it is suggested that the role of being a theōros had two components: inside the polis, that of being an administrative magistrate; outside the polis, that of representing one's city in sacred delegations to extraterritorial sanctuaries.
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