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Festivals of Attica
An Archaeological Commentary
Erika Simon

Wisconsin Studies in Classics
William Aylward, Nicholas D. Cahill, and Patricia A. Rosenmeyer, Series Editors

“[One] cannot finish the book without feeling that he has seen real people caught in the act of veneration.”
—David E. Roessel, Archaeological New

The festivals of the Athenian sacred calendar constitute a vital key to classical Greek culture and religion. Erika Simon sets out here to explicate those complex and often obscure festivals. By careful marshaling of a variety of proofs from literary, historical, and archaeological sources, she is able to justify some startling conclusions and achieve a comprehensive and truly original synthesis that clarifies, as never before, the probable origins and meanings of the Attic cults.

Erika Simon is professor of classical archaeology at the University of Würzburg. A distinguished iconographer and scholar, she has published widely on Greek and Roman art, history, and religion.


“All who are interested in the perennial fascination of Greek religion will find stimulation in this elegantly produced book.”
—Ronald S. Stroud, American Journal of Archaeology

“[Simon] offers important new interpretations of the Panathenaic procession on the Parthenon frieze, the origin of the Athenian cult of Apollo, and the single origin of the female deities Athena and Aphrodite. Students of Greek history and religion, of Greek literature and archaeology, must consider seriously Simon’s new observations and conclusions.”

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April 2002
LC: 81-070160 DF
180 pp.   6 x 9   62 b/w photos,
19 illus.

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ISBN 978-0-299-09184-2
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