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Athenian Myths and FestivalsAglauros, Erechtheus, Plynteria, Panathenaia, Dionysia$
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Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood and Robert Parker

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199592074

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199592074.001.0001

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Athena at the Palladion and the Palladion myth

Athena at the Palladion and the Palladion myth

(p.225) 4 Athena at the Palladion and the Palladion myth
Athenian Myths and Festivals

Christiane Sourvinou-Inwood

Oxford University Press

The myths that place the Palladion in Athens are examined in this chapter in the wider context of the myths about the Trojan Palladion, Athenian and non-Athenian. It shows that Bouzyges did indeed play a role in one version of the myth ‘the Trojan Palladion in Athens’, and this corresponds to the role of the Bouzygai in the cult of the Palladion. This serious divergence between the mytheme and the rite for which it is supposed to be an aition constitutes on its own a strong argument against the hypothesis that postulates this relationship. The story in the Patmos scholion is considered in the context of the nexus of myths of which it is part, the myths that explain how the Trojan Palladion ended up in Athens.

Keywords:   Athens, myth, Troy, Palladion, cult, aition

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