Dedicatory Patterns at the Hero Shrines of Sparta

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Thursday 25th November 2021 (17:00-18:00)
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Dr Nicolette Pavlides (King’s College London), Dedicatory Patterns at the Hero Shrines of Sparta

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Summary: Literary testimonies and votive deposits found at various locations in Sparta attest to the popularity of hero cults in the city. Well known is the temple dedicated to Helen and Menelaus (the Menelaion) and the shrine of Agamemnon and Alexandra/Kassandra at Amyklai. This paper will present the archaeological evidence of those hero-shrines whose recipients remain unknown to us. Based on the typology and affordable nature of the votives, Dr Pavlides argues that the Spartans participated in a popular practice of hero-cult where many shrines were located within the settled areas. Drinking shapes moreover, in real size and in miniature, give evidence of small groups participating in ritual drinking at their local shrines.

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