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Human Development in Sacred Landscapes

Between Ritual Tradition, Creativity and Emotionality

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Lutz Käppel(Hg.), Vassiliki Pothou(Hg.), Human Development in Sacred Landscapes (2015), Vandenhoeck & Ruprecht, 37073 Göttingen, ISBN: 9783847002529


The conference was focused on the identification and interpretation of sacred areas principally – but not exclusively – in the ancient Greek world and in the study of Greek religious ideas or religious practice. For example: what did ancient Greece, from the Mesolithic onwards, look like, if it is possible to identify sacred areas on a landscape scale, like ancient Delos or modern Mount Athos, and if the sacred landscapes were differing from the countryside. Another paper offered a new understanding of the role of astronomical observations in the Delphic and Spartan landscapes, the performance of the religious sites in the Spartan sanctuary of Artemis Orthia and the operation of the Delphic oracle. Most of the contributions were directly connected with the cult of Apollo and the history and tradition of the famous sanctuary of Delphi. A different paper examined the treatment of Apollo's journey from Delos to Delphi described in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo. According to a further contributor the network formed by connections between sanctuaries was looser than political federation, but helps to explain why panhellenic sanctuaries were so central to the articulation of Greek identity.


Topos of Sacred Landscapes



  • Title Page
  • Copyright
  • Table of Contents
  • Body
  • Acknowledgements
  • Lutz Käppel and Vassiliki Pothou: Prologos – Prefatory Note
  • I The subject
  • II Human Development in Landscapes
  • III Why in Delphi?
  • IV The Volume
  • Bettina Schulz Paulsson: Memory in Stone: Ritual Landscapes and Concepts of Monumentality in Prehistoric Societies
  • Sacred natural landscapes versus rituals covering social space
  • On the significance of monuments
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Oliver Rackham: Greek Landscapes: Profane and Sacred
  • What makes a sacred landscape?
  • Landscapes of Ancient Greece
  • Some sacred landscapes
  • Sacred landscapes of Ancient Greece
  • Bibliography
  • Lukas Thommen: Sacred Groves: Nature between Religion, Philosophy and Politics
  • Bibliography
  • Susan Guettel Cole: Under the Open Sky: Imagining the Dionysian Landscape
  • Bibliography
  • Efrosyni Boutsikas: Landscape and the Cosmos in the Apolline Rites of Delphi, Delos and Dreros
  • Delphi
  • Attica and Boeotia
  • Delos
  • Crete
  • Conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Jeremy McInerney: From Delos to Delphi: How Apollo comes Home
  • Bibliography
  • Sarah Hitch: Barren Landscapes and Sacrificial Offerings in the Homeric Hymn to Apollo
  • Bibliography
  • Mercedes Aguirre Castro: Landscape and Females in the Odyssey: Calypso, Circe and Nausicaa
  • Bibliography
  • Richard Buxton: An Ogre in Three Landscapes: Cyclops in Homer, Euripides and Theokritos
  • Bibliography
  • Lutz Käppel: Landscape and the Magic of Music in Pindar's Twelfth Pythian Ode
  • Bibliography
  • James Roy: The Distribution of Cult in the Landscape of Eleia
  • Bibliography
  • Vassiliki Pothou: Newborn Babies and Newborn Islands: Insularity and Politics
  • Asylum for the desperate Oiniadai
  • Self-determination
  • Newborn babies and newborn islands
  • Connectivity between Island and Continent
  • Redistribution
  • Rebellion
  • Epilogue
  • Bibliography
  • Hamish Forbes: A Greek Landscape with God and his Saints: A Case Study from the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries AD
  • Introduction: mise en scène
  • Methana: a very brief and partial history
  • Churches and their place in landscapes
  • Village churches and the landscape of kinship
  • The supernatural in the foundation of the settlement pattern
  • Extra-mural churches in the landscape
  • The dead in the landscape
  • Discussion and conclusion
  • Bibliography
  • Michael Teichmann: The Role of Archaeological Museums in Greece for Contemporary Societies – Approaches and Perspectives
  • Introduction
  • Approaching the problem: Archaeology and the public – Ways of communication
  • Case studies
  • Conclusion
  • Acknowledgements
  • Addendum
  • Bibliography
  • List of Contributors
  • Index locorum
  • Index rerum et nominum
  • Index verborum graecorum potiorum

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