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Book Number   000310870
ISBN   Link9789004416406 hardback
  Link9789004416390 ebook
ISSN   Link0927-7633
Main Entry   LinkLalonde, Gerald Vincent, 1938-
Title   LinkAthena Itonia :. geography and meaning of an ancient Greek war goddess / by Gerald V. Lalonde.
Imprint   LinkLeiden : Brill, 2020.
Descr.   xx, 329 pages : illustrations, maps ; 25 cm.
Series   ( Religions in the Graeco-Roman world ; 191)
Language   eng
Bibliogr.   Includes bibliographical references and indexes
Contents   Thessaly -- Boiotia -- Athens -- Amorgos
Abstract   "With Athena Itonia: Geography and Meaning of an Ancient Greek War Goddess, Gerald V. Lalonde offers the first comprehensive history of the martial cult of Athena Itonia, from its origins in Greek prehistory to its demise in the Roman imperial age. The Itonian goddess appears first among the Thessalians and eventually as the patron deity of their famed cavalry. Archaic poets attest to "Athena, warrior goddess" and her festival games at the Itoneion near Boiotian Koroneia. The cult also came south to Athens, probably with the mounted Thessalian allies of Peisistratos. Hellenistic decrees from Amorgos tell of elaborate festival sacrifices to Athena Itonia, likely supplications for protection of the islanders and their maritime trade when piracy plagued the Cyclades after collapse of the Greek naval forces that policed the Aegean Sea. This will be an indispensable volume for all interested in the social, political, and military uses of ancient Greek religious cult and the geography, chronology, and circumstances of its propagation among Greek poleis and federations"-- Back-cover
Subject - Lib.Cong.   LinkAthena, (Greek deity) -- Cult
  LinkGoddesses, Greek
  LinkGreece -- Religious life and customs
  LinkReligion and geography
 
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