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Sacrality and the Greek Polis

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Sacrality and the Greek Polis studies the development of “sacredness” in sanctuaries during the formative and Classical stages of ancient Greek society (1200-300 BCE). Sacrality defined social, cultural and political life at its very core: it determined not only the proper way of conduct of humans with regard to the gods, but also defined social relationships between humans by posing strict (often implicitly understood) rules.

The aim of this project is to study in a comprehensive way how and why sanctuaries developed into the principal centers where societal ideas about divinely sanctioned conduct came together and from which they emanated. It does so by studying the sacrality of the various constituent components that made up sanctuaries as centres of religion by taking an entangled approach that seeks to connect material culture and human actors.