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3 - The Little Panathenaia

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  17 April 2021

Julia L. Shear
Affiliation:
Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington
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This chapter focuses on the Little Panathenaia, the version held in three years out of four, and an occasion neglected by the existing scholarship. It asks what we know about the so-called ‘annual’ celebration and how it created identities. The limited evidence shows that it was a much less complex occasion than the Great Panathenaia and it was focused on the procession and sacrifices to Athena in her sanctuary on the Akropolis. It also included a pannychis or all-night revel. The Little Panathenaia received additional elaboration in the late second century BC, when a peplos began to be offered to the goddess, while, in at least the later fifth and fourth centuries BC, a very limited set of competitions open only to Athenians was included. The identities created at the Little Panathenaia focused on Athenians and sub-groups of the city, rather than on displaying the city to external, non-Athenian visitors.

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Serving Athena
The Festival of the Panathenaia and the Construction of Athenian Identities
, pp. 83 - 115
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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  • The Little Panathenaia
  • Julia L. Shear, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington
  • Book: Serving Athena
  • Online publication: 17 April 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108750943.004
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  • The Little Panathenaia
  • Julia L. Shear, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington
  • Book: Serving Athena
  • Online publication: 17 April 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108750943.004
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  • The Little Panathenaia
  • Julia L. Shear, Center for Hellenic Studies, Washington
  • Book: Serving Athena
  • Online publication: 17 April 2021
  • Chapter DOI: https://doi.org/10.1017/9781108750943.004
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