Divine Images and Human Imaginations in Ancient Greece and by Ioannis Mylonopoulos

By Ioannis Mylonopoulos

In line with the visible and textual facts, this quantity concentrates at the inventive, highbrow, spiritual, and socio-political significance of divine photos as media of conversation within the polytheistic cosmos of old Greece and Rome.

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10 Dietrich ; Baumbach ; Gérard-Rousseau ; Hiller – Panagl , – ; Chadwick , esp. –; Hägg ; Hiller ; Weilhartner . 11 Hereby, it remains obscure whether we are dealing with separate goddesses or with one and the same Potnia having varying epikleseis. That the history of Mycenaean religion was even more complex is demonstrated by the fact that e-ra (Hera) occurs side by side with a goddess called di-wi-ja (Dia), the female version of di-wo (Zeus). The mention of an a-ne-mo i-je-re-ja (Anemo hiereia) in a text from Knossos informs us of a priestess in the service of wind deities in the Cretan pantheon.

36 For Mycenaean shrine architecture, see esp. Albers ; Whittaker ; Whittaker . 37 French a; Moore – Taylour , –. 38 Marinatos ; Rehak ; Morgan . 39 Marinatos , ; Rehak , –; Morgan , –. 40 Rodenwaldt ; Rehak ; Hooker . 34 a pantheon without attributes? 41 Apparently, rituals for a great number of gods and goddesses were conducted in the same cult area, and this may well explain the unspecific, “neutral” appearance of sacred architecture in the Mycenaean period.

48 a pantheon without attributes?  illuminate our idea of an image of a goddess. 54 Their a priori interpretation as images of one or several goddesses has to be excluded. Distinctive attributes have been often recognized on a type of female terracotta figures known as “Goddesses with upraised hands” (fig. 55 These large-scale figures found in ritual contexts at numerous sites such as Gazi, Gournia, Kannia, Karphi, and Knossos mostly show on their headgear specific motifs such as poppy, birds, a pair of “horns of consecration”, and solar discs; some of the figures are holding snakes in their hands.

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