Euripides on the Ancient Cult of Apollo at Athens

In: Acta Archaeologica
Marta Saporiti Research Fellow, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici (Former: Dipartimento di Scienze dell’Antichità), Università degli Studi di Pavia Pavia Italy

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This paper uses the tragedies of Euripides as evidence for a reconsideration of the topography of the Athenian cults of Apollo, particularly Apollo Pythios, Hypoakraios, and Delphinios. Euripides’ references to these cults are generally well known among topographers of Athens, but they are typically considered only as disembodied quotations. However, reading and analysing the literary sources more deeply as unitary wholes can enrich and complicate the traditional debates about the topography of these cults.

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