By H F J Horstmanshoff, H W Singor, F T Straten, J H M Strubbe

A set of papers with new insights on historic faith, learn at a colloquium in honour of Professor H.S. Versnel ("Inconsistencies in Greek and Roman Religion"). The contributions, awarded by way of 9 top students within the box, hide many parts of the non secular event of the Greeks and Romans: fantasy and formality (W. Burkert), the gods (F. Zeitlin), cult, gala's, sacrifice. numerous papers contemplate methodological difficulties and the growth of scholarship; they spotlight the contribution of H.S. Versnel to the sphere. The papers are according to a variety of assets: pagan and Christian, literary and epigraphical and iconographical.
The assortment will fascinate all students attracted to historic faith, whether or not they research malign magic, the Imperial cult or normal thought.

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This is not the place to discuss the controversial question whether the Athenians chased away the souls of the dead or mummers recalling Attica's aboriginal inhabitants, but it is at least certain that the interpretation of this day as celebration of a 'verkehrte Welt' postdates the importation of Karian slaves in Classical Athens. 45 A change in 42 Sokolowski 1962, no. 14 LL. 2-20; cf. Chaniotis 1995, 153f. On the Thargelia see Deubner 1966, 179-198; Burkert 1979, 59-77; Calame 1990, 308-319; Lambert 1998, 216f.

RITUAL DYNAMICS: THE BOIOTIAN FESTIVAL OF THE DAIDALA 29 bration of the sacred wedding of Zeus and Hera. The hieros gamos of Zeus and Hera was celebrated in many Greek cities. 16 The ritual enactment of the wedding of Zeus and Hera is explicitly attested for Knossos, where it was celebrated near the river Theren, but we have no further information concerning the use of an image. 1 8 On Kos we know the ritual dendrokopion tes Heras ('the cutting of a tree for Hera'); we do not know why a tree was cut for Hera, but it may have been used for the making of her image.

Again, the differences from the Daidala are no less striking than the similarities. Persephone's periodical death finds no analogy in any known cult of Hera; the wooden daidala were not brought to the city, they were not mourned, and they were not supposed to represent the periodical death of a virgin. l5) and Athenaios (394 b) have reports of a similar festival at Eryx, this time for Aphrodite-the festival Anagogia. It owed its name to the departure of Aphrodite, who was supposed to leave for Africa, followed by birds (pigeons).

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