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Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece

TitlePilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece
Publication TypeBook
Year of Publication1997
AuthorsDillon, Matthew
PublisherRoutledge
Number of Pages308
Edition1st
ISBN Number978-0415127752
Other Numbers0415127750
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Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece explores the religious motivations for pilgrimage and reveals the main preoccupations of worshippers in Ancient Greece. Dillon examines the main sanctuaries of Delphi, Epidauros and Olympia, as well as the lesser known oracle of Didyma in Asia Minor and the festivals at the Isthmus of Corinth. He discusses the modes of travel to the sites, means of communication between pilgrims and the religious and ritual practices at the sanctuaries themselves. A unique insight into pilgrimage in ancient Greece is presented, focusing on the diverse aspects of pilgrimage; the role of women and children, the religious festivals of different ethnic groups and the colorful celebrations including music, athletics and equestrian events. Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece is an accessible and fascinating volume, revealing how "pilgrimage" contributes to Greek religion as a whole.

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