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This front matter section of the book A Local History of Greek Polytheism: Gods, People, and the Land of Aigina, 800-400 BCE contains the table of contents, preface, the acknowledgements, and a list of illustrations and maps. The book discusses functioning of religion in one ancient Greek community Aigina, and presents a short survey of key issues in the study of Greek religion. It explains synchronic analysis of Aiginetan system of cults, and traces the historical development of Aiginetan religious structures while taking into consideration contemporary developments in the wider Greek world. The book combines elements of synchronic and diachronic analyses, as it deploys a contextual perspective, where the religious world of Aigina is seen through the lenses of regional and panhellenic religious interactions. It provides a resource on the Aiginetan deities, local cults, and the religious practices of Aiginetans in the Archaic and Classical periods.

Keywords: Aiginetan deities; Archaic period; Greek polytheism; local cults; panhellenic religious interactions



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