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Aegean InteractionsDelos and its Networks in the Third Century$
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Christy Constantakopoulou

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780198787273

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017

DOI: 10.1093/oso/9780198787273.001.0001

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The Social Dynamics of Dedication

The Social Dynamics of Dedication

The Delian Inventories of the Third Century BC

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(p.171) 5 The Social Dynamics of Dedication
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Aegean Interactions
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Christy Constantakopoulou

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198787273.003.0005

This chapter provides a methodological discussion on how to use the evidence included in the Delian inventories in order to write the social history of the dedicants. The inventories were produced by the Delian hieropoioi and recorded on an annual basis the dedications kept in the Delian treasuries. The chapter focuses particularly on dedications which are attached to named individuals and communities. It then discusses the material according to the parameters of gender, individual versus community dedications, elite dedicants, and distance of travel. Using the inventories we are able to reconstruct who came to the Delian sanctuary to dedicate objects.

Keywords:   inventories, Hellenistic Delos, Delian epigraphy, gender, dedications, Aegean Sea, ethnic name

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