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GODS AND GARMENTS: TEXTILES IN GREEK SANCTUARIES IN THE 7TH TO THE 1ST CENTURIES BC. Cecilie Brons. Oxbow Books, Oxford, 2017. Ancient Textiles, 28. Published in the U.S.A. by Oxbow Books, Philadelphia. 384 pp. ISBN 9781785703553 In English.
Due date: March 2017. Publisher's description: Textiles comprise a vast and wide category of material culture and constitute a crucial part of the ancient economy. Yet, studies of classical antiquity still often leave out this important category of material culture, partly due to the textiles themselves being only rarely preserved in the archaeological record. This neglect is also prevalent in scholarship on ancient Greek religion and ritual, although it is one of the most vibrant and rapidly developing branches of classical scholarship. The aim of the present enquiry is, therefore, to introduce textiles into the study of ancient Greek religion and thereby illuminate the roles textiles played in the performance of Greek ritual and their wider consequences. Among the questions posed are how and where we can detect the use of textiles in the sanctuaries, and how they were used in rituals including their impact on the performance of these rituals and the people involved. Chapters center on three themes: first, the dedication of textiles and clothing accessories in Greek sanctuaries is investigated through a thorough examination of the temple inventories. Second, the use of textiles to dress ancient cult images is explored.
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Worldwide Number: 175186
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