Connecting the Greeks: Festival networks in the Hellenistic world

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    Abstract

    Panhellenic festivals were central to the ancient Greek world since archaic times, with places such as Delphi and Olympia defining the essence of a Greek ‘imagined community’. In the Hellenistic period, several Greek cities began to organize large-scale festivals of their own at their main sanctuaries, gradually linking the expanded Greek world together through increasingly stronger ties. As Rome became dominant in the eastern Mediterranean, it was able to use these existing festival connections to anchor its hegemony, making them thereby even stronger. Through case studies of festivals at Magnesia on the Maeander, Stratonikeia, and Oropos we explore ways that network theory can help interpret this phenomenon.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationAthletics in the Hellenistic world
    EditorsChristian Mann, Sophie Remijssen, Sebastian Scharff
    Place of PublicationStuttgart
    PublisherFranz Steiner Verlag
    Pages43-71
    Number of pages29
    ISBN (Print)9783515115711
    Publication statusPublished - 2016

    Publication series

    NameAlte Geschichte
    PublisherFranz Steiner Verlag

    Keywords

    • Sport in antiquity
    • Hellenistic history
    • network theory
    • Greek religion

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