Beyond the Polis. Rituals, Rites and Cults in Early and Archaic Greece (12th-6th centuries BC)

Editeur(s) : Lemos Irene S., TSINGARIDA Athéna

This peer reviewed volume presents the proceedings of the international conference that took place in Brussels in 2015 and the sequel to the publication of the research that resulted from a three-year joint project between the University of Oxford and the Université libre de Bruxelles (ULB). The volume offers complementary approaches, both thematic and geographic, to the study of Early Greek ritual practices and expands into other areas, contexts, and materials the research undertaken in the volume Constructing Social Identities in Early Iron Age and Archaic Greece edited by Athena Tsingarida and Irene Lemos in 2017. The volume includes papers on theoretical approaches to the study of rituals, case studies from a number of regions and sites, and finally papers on the contribution of bio-archaeological research to our understanding of ritual practices in ancient Greece

    Collection : Études d’archéologie (CReA-Patrimoine)

  • Publication 2019
  • ISBN 978-29-602-0292-2
  • Support Livre broché
  • Format 21 x 29,7
  • Num. dans la collection 15
  • Nombre de pages 304
  • Illustrations noir & blanc et couleur

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS 7

Irene Lemos & Athena Tsingarida

INTRODUCTION PROCEEDINGS 9

Irene Lemos & Athena Tsingarida

I. THEORITICAL CONSIDERATIONS ON RITUAL PRACTICES 15

Rituals in Context. Scales and Horizons of Interpretation of Cult Places in Early Greece 17

François de Polignac

The Role of Sanctuaries and the Formation of Greek Identities in the Late Bronze Age / Early Iron Age Transition 25

Birgitta Eder

Entangled Religion, Ritual and Social Practice: the Case of Karphi 53

Mathew Haysom

II. REGIONAL CASES I: CENTRAL GREECE AND THE PELOPONNESE 65

Dedicatory Dialogues in North‑Central Greece: Pherai and Philia in Broader Context 67

Maria Mili

The “Ritual Zone” on Xeropolis at Lefkandi: Some Preliminary Thoughts 75

Irene S. Lemos

Terracotta Figurines from the “Ritual Zone” at Xeropolis‑Lefkandi: Constructing a Methodology 91

Caroline Thurston

Invention of Tradition in Cult and Myth at Eleusis 99

Floris van den Eijden

Dining with the Ancestors: the Late Archaic‑Classical Westkomplex in Aegina‑Kolonna 115

Gudrun Klebinder‑Gauss

Enduring Rituals in the Arcadian Mountains: the Case of the Sanctuary of Zeus at Mt. Lykaion 133

Mary Voyatzis

III. REGIONAL CASES II: THE AEGEAN AND WESTERN GREECE 147

Artemis Beyond the Polis of Thasos: the Cult of the Goddess in the Archaic North‑Eastern Aegean 149

Ioannis (Yangos) Chalazonitis

Ritual Practices in Abandoned Settlements in the Cyclades from the 12th to the 6th Century BC:

Human Mobility and its Impact on Ritual Practices 171

Irène Sanchez

Geometric Despotiko: on the Borderline between Sacred and Profane 193

Alexandra Alexandridou

No more Gap, but New Social Practices: Evidence of Collective Funerary Rituals in Itanos

during the 6th and 5th Centuries BC 213

Athena Tsingarida & Didier Viviers

Funerary Practices and the Formation of the Polis at Megara Hyblaea 8th‑6th centuries BC 247

Reine-Marie Bérard

IV. BIOARCHAEOLOGICAL APPROACHES TO RITUAL PRACTICES 259

Ritualizing the sea: aspects of ritual activities related to the sea in the Aegean

from the 12th century to the 6th century BC 261

Tatiana Theodoropoulou

A preliminary examination of Lefkandi’s “ritual” area from a zooarchaeological perspective 273

Alex Mulhall

An exploration of the social role of plants in rituals in prehistoric Aegean

with reference to the site of Xeropolis, Lefkandi, Euboea 289

Alexandra Livarda & Georgia Kotzamani

CONTRIBUTORS 303

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