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Mnasistratos, The 'Hierophant' At Andania (IG 5.1.1390 And Syll.3 735)

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The mysteries of Andania, in Messenia, are attested by literary and epigraphic evidence. Inscriptions will be the main focus of this chapter but it first have a glance at the literary sources before proceeding to the inscriptions. As is usual where local Greek mysteries are concerned, literary evidence on the subject is provided only by Pausanias. The former consider that Mnasistratos gave up the priestly function of hierophant in aid of the city, which therefore installed the college of hieroi to perform the mysteries: in this respect, the regulation is seen as a 'restoration' of the ancestral mystery cult under the supervision of the hierophant belonging to the family clan devoted to the cult.

Keywords: Andania; Hierophant; Mnasistratos



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