Cult and Koinon in Hellenistic Thessaly (Brill Studies in by Denver Graninger

By Denver Graninger

Cult and Koinon in Hellenistic Thessaly examines the territorial enlargement of the Thessalian League ca. 196-27 BCE and the improvement of the nation faith of the League. person chapters hint the adoption of a standard Thessalian calendar through new participants of the League, the institution of latest neighborhood fairs, the elaboration or reorganization of older cults, and League participation in a community of overseas gala's; cult may perhaps both good enact possible choices to this political association, even though, and older spiritual traditions endured to be maintained either inside of new League territories and particularly at Delphi. the result's a clean portrait of the politics of cult at the Greek mainland within the later Hellenistic interval.

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Cf. Kroog , pp. –; Kramolisch , p. , with n. . 129 See Sekunda , pp. – (SEG , ), together with B. Helly’s criticism at BullÉp  no. , and Kramolisch , pp. –. Sekunda, recognizing in 126 thessalian histories  many possible dates and motives for Ainian entrance into the Thessalian League, it is striking how quickly the Ainianes find themselves in positions of great political power within Thessaly. Among other former perioikoi, only the Perrhaibians are conclusively known to have provided a general for the League, and this did not take place until the Augustan era.

86  chapter one of central Greece. 93 This signal moment in the history of northern Greece heralded the arrival of free and independent Magnesian, Perrhaibian, and Thessalian Leagues which began to administer their own affairs for the first time in  or more years. Ainis, Oitaia, and Malis remained under Aitolian control. Our historical narrative splits at this point into two parallel tracks: the first concerns the fragmentation of greater Thessaly into a plurality of free and autonomous Leagues over the course of the second century; the second, the subsequent incorporation of each of these independent polities into the Thessalian League.

50 Politically, the Ainianes were members of the Delphic Amphictiony, medized at the time of the Persian Wars, and are depicted as fighting with the Thessalians against the foundation of Herakleia Trachinia during the Peloponnesian War. 52 At various periods of its history Malian territory also extended along the north shore of the Malian gulf as far as Echinos. 53 There was located within Malian territory at Anthela a famous sanctuary of Demeter. 54 It is not clear whether the Malian relationship with this cult was as vexed as that of the Phokians with Pythian Apollo at Delphi.

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