The Cult of Artemis Orthia In Greece: A Case of Astronomical Observations?

Boutsikas, Efrosyni (2007) The Cult of Artemis Orthia In Greece: A Case of Astronomical Observations? In: Zedda, M.P. and Belmonte, J.A., eds. Lights and Shadows in Cultural Astronomy. Proceedings of the SEAC 2005, Isili, Sardinia, 28 June to 3 July. Associazione Archeofila Sarda, Isili, Sardinia, pp. 197-205. ISBN 978-88-901078-2-5. (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided)

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Abstract

Two case studies are presented in this paper that aim to discuss the significance of the orientation of ancient Greek temples. The structures examined are the temple of Artemis Orthia at the Sanctuary of Artemis Orthia in Sparta and the two temples of Artemis Orthia at the Asklepieion in Messene. The cult of Orthia was introduced in Greece during the tenth century BC and remained active for more than a millennium. The surviving archaeological, written and mythological evidence are presented and possible astronomical connections are examined in terms of the role they may have played in the cult.

Item Type: Book section
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
D History General and Old World > DE The Mediterranean Region. The Greco-Roman World
Divisions: Faculties > Humanities > School of European Culture and Languages > Classical and Archaeological Studies
Depositing User: Fiona Godfrey
Date Deposited: 16 Jul 2014 15:29 UTC
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2015 13:47 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/41876 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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