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The Contents And Forms Of Greek Sacred Law

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Even once a document has been identified as sacred law, further classification remains difficult, since, as one have seen, sacred law, in the way in which the term is used in this chapter, hardly constitutes a well-defined genre. The chapter concentrates on the range of issues covered by the documents assembled in the corpus, on the whole adhering to the scheme of four main classes, namely sacred space (mainly sanctuaries), sacred officials (mostly priests), performance of cult (a particularly diverse class), and religious events (festivals and ceremonies). It follows the sacred space-sacred officials-cult performance-religious events scheme if only for the sake of a general review. Though the author mainly aims at reviewing issues recurring in the documents, it is worthwhile, as far as possible, to attempt to consider the formal classification of the documents and, to an extent, the range of genres associated with the respective issues.

Keywords: cult performance; Greek sacred law; religious events; sacred officials; sacred space



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