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8. Inside the Aiginetan Mesocosm

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This chapter considers whether the Aiginetan deities taken together constitute a chaotic, haphazard assemblage or a coordinated whole. Aiakos is described by Pindar as a collaborator (synergos), or partner, of Apollo and Poseidon. The cultural models of syngeneia, xenia, and philia attested in the Aiginetan discursive tradition are neither exclusively Greek, nor exclusively Aiginetan. Various deities of the Aiginetan mesocosm join or part company with one another, as their social functions overlap in addressing the social needs of the Aiginetans. The interplay of local civic and panhellenic religious dimensions argues in favor of postulating a relevant state-wide community even in oligarchies, as well as in tyrannies: local aristocracy could gain mileage out of the fame of the Aiakids only if such fame had already been panhellenically established and if it had already been securely attached to Aigina.

Keywords: Aiakids; Aiakos; Aiginetan mesocosm; Apollo; panhellenic religious dimensions; philia; Pindar; Poseidon; syngeneia; xenia

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