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This chapter discusses the set of issues from the perspective of international religion, for major international sanctuaries offered an important supplement to domestic venues for the cultic expression of political identity. Most significant for the purposes of the chapter is the evidence of the continuing vibrancy of ethnos discourse at the level of the Amphictiony, and the curious partition of the Magnesian ethnos between two distinct, mutually exclusive political and territorial categoriesThessaly and Demetrias. The first half of the chapter explores the relationship of the several Thessalian and perioikic ethne with the Delphic Amphictiony, and set the Amphictionic transformations of the second and first century against the broader backdrop of Archaic, Classical, and early Hellenistic history. The second half of the chapter considers the dispatch of theoroi from Thessaly to a variety of international sanctuaries, again with special focus on the later Hellenistic period.

Keywords: Delphic Amphictiony; Hellenistic period; international religion; theoroi; Thessalian



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