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  • Print publication year: 2021
  • Online publication date: March 2021

24 - Athenian Festivals

from Part IV - Culture and Sport


The ancient Athenians held two major Panhellenic festivals: the Great Panathenaia in celebration of the goddess Athena and the Great Mysteries in honor of Demeter. This chapter compares and contrasts the rituals of these two festivals in relation to the topography and monuments of Athens, focusing on how the celebrations drew together different parts of the community of Athens.