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Athenian Myths and Festivals – Aglauros, Erechtheus, Plynteria, Panathenaia, Dionysia - Oxford Scholarship Online
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Athenian Myths and Festivals: Aglauros, Erechtheus, Plynteria, Panathenaia, Dionysia

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood and Robert Parker


Moving out from a particular problem about a particular Athenian festival, this book investigates central questions concerning Athenian festivals and the myths that underlay them. It examines 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. The book also offers a reading of the ever controversial Parthenon frieze. This book, displays attention to detail and a concern for methodological rigour.

Keywords: Athenian festival, myths, religious associations, undressing, veiling, bathing, re-dressing, abnormality, Parthenon frieze

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780199592074
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592074.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood, author

Robert Parker, editor
Wykeham Professor of Ancient History, University of Oxford

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1 Festivals and Genē

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

2 Cultic Myths and Others

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

3 Reading a Festival Nexus

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

5 Athena Polias, Panathenaia, and the Peplos

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

7 Genē and Athenian Festivals

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

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