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Natural Water Resources And The Sacred In Attica

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In this chapter the sites deemed sacred were not only sanctuaries, but also other places linked to the sacred in a large sense, either by a myth or a ritual. It presents a brief analysis drawing on the main characteristics of those sites, focusing in particular on the questions of location and territory. The chapter describes the place of water in Greek religion. The need for purification is particularly important for it was a prerequisite to the participation in any ritual, large or small. For some cults and sanctuaries in Attica the focal point is water or, more precisely, the natural resource that flows by or gushes within the sanctuary. The sanctuary of Artemis at Brauron was one of the most important of the ancient Athenian territory.

Keywords: ancient Athenian territory; Attica; cult; natural water resource



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