State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece: A Study of The?ri?and The?roi

State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece: A Study of The?ri?and The?roi

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Ian Rutherford
Cambridge University Press, 12/19/2013
EAN 9781107038226, ISBN10: 1107038227

Hardcover, 552 pages, 22.8 x 15.2 x 3.5 cm
Language: English

For at least a thousand years Greek cities took part in religious activities outside their territory by sending sacred delegates to represent them. The delegates are usually called theōroi, literally 'observers', and a delegation made up of theōroi, or the action of taking part in one, is called theōriā. This is the first comprehensive study of theōroi and theōriā. It examines a number of key functions of theōroi and explains who served in this role and what their activities are likely to have been, both on the journey and at the sanctuary. Other chapters discuss the diplomatic functions of theōroi, and what their activities tell us about the origins of the notion of Greek identity and about religious networks. Chapters are also devoted to the reception of the notion of theōriā in Greek philosophy and literature. The book will be essential for all scholars and advanced students of ancient religion.

1. Approaches to theōriā
preliminary definitions and issues
2. Evidence
3. An historical overview
4. Festival theōriā
5. Festival announcement and truce
6. Oracles
7. Conveying offerings
8. Theōroi as magistrates
9. Theōriā and viewing
10. Participants
11. The journey
12. Performances at the sanctuary
13. Civic theōriā
two case studies
14. The theoric chorus
15. Politics and diplomacy
16. Hellenism, panhellenism and common sanctuaries
17. Theoric networks over space and time
18. The case of Athens
19. Philosophy and theōriā
20. Theōriā in Greek imagination
21. Epilogue. The end of theōriā.