Cult and Koinon in Hellenistic Thessaly

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Cult and Koinon in Hellenistic Thessaly examines the territorial expansion of the Thessalian League ca. 196-27 BCE and the development of the state religion of the League. Individual chapters trace the adoption of a common Thessalian calendar by new members of the League, the establishment of new regional festivals, the elaboration or reorganization of older cults, and League participation in a network of international festivals; cult could equally well enact alternatives to this political arrangement, however, and older religious traditions continued to be maintained both within new League territories and especially at Delphi. The result is a fresh portrait of the politics of cult on the Greek mainland in the later Hellenistic period.
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Biographical Note

Denver Graninger, Ph.D. (2006) in Classics, Cornell University, is Director of the American Research Center in Sofia. He has published widely on the history and religion of the northern Greek world in antiquity.

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Cult and Koinon [...] is a significant contribution to the history of the Hellenistic Thessalian koinon. Scholars working on the dynamic relationships between cultic practices, political structures, and identity will find a lot to think about, as will anyone interested in koina, ethnicity, or Hellenistic history more generally. Eric W. Driscoll in BMCR, 14.05.2012

Table of contents

Title
Dedication
Acknowledgments
Contents
Introduction
Chapter One: Thessalian Histories
Chapter Two: The Federal Sanctuaries
Chapter Three: The Thessalian Calendars
Chapter Four: International Religion
Conclusion
Epigraphic Appendix
Bibliography

Readership

Advanced students and scholars of ancient Greek history, politics, religion, and epigraphy, as well as scholars of history and religious studies who work within a comparative framework.

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