Cult and Koinon in Hellenistic Thessaly (Brill Studies in by Denver Graninger

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By Denver Graninger

Cult and Koinon in Hellenistic Thessaly examines the territorial growth of the Thessalian League ca. 196-27 BCE and the advance of the kingdom faith of the League. person chapters hint the adoption of a standard Thessalian calendar by means of new participants of the League, the institution of latest nearby fairs, the elaboration or reorganization of older cults, and League participation in a community of overseas gala's; cult might both good enact choices to this political association, in spite of the fact that, and older spiritual traditions endured to be maintained either inside of new League territories and particularly at Delphi. the result's a clean portrait of the politics of cult at the Greek mainland within the later Hellenistic interval.

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The Spercheios valley was the first target; attempts would later be made on perioikic and tetradic Thessaly. 75 As a consequence the Aitolians mounted a defense of Herakleia against Brennus and the Gauls as if the city were their own. 76 Such developments indicate that Oitaia had been formally included within the Aitolian League. 73 Diod. Sic. . Aitolia had had no formal representation on the Amphictiony before the Gallic invasion, and it has become commonplace to track Aitolian territorial gains in subsequent decades, quite well-attested in Delphian epigraphy, by comparing the increase in the number of Aitolians sitting on the council with the decreasing representation of traditional Amphictionic states.

84 The dramatic, if temporary, gains in 77 Amphictionic list of / or /: CID , –. For the date, see CID , pp. – . Amphictionic list of / or /: CID , . 78 Scholten , pp. – makes the strongest circumstantial case for reciprocal interests between Aitolia and Dolopia. 79 Grainger , p. . 80 Grainger hypothesizes that the Syagros mentioned by Phylarchus (FGrHist  F) as general of the Aitolian League, dated by Klaffenbach to /, was a Dolopian on the basis of a later homonym serving as a homonym at Delphi in , but this is not at all certain and the city origins of Syagros are best left open.

For further discussion of these Phthiotic Achaian office-holders, see Grainger , pp. –. 86  chapter one of central Greece. 93 This signal moment in the history of northern Greece heralded the arrival of free and independent Magnesian, Perrhaibian, and Thessalian Leagues which began to administer their own affairs for the first time in  or more years. Ainis, Oitaia, and Malis remained under Aitolian control. Our historical narrative splits at this point into two parallel tracks: the first concerns the fragmentation of greater Thessaly into a plurality of free and autonomous Leagues over the course of the second century; the second, the subsequent incorporation of each of these independent polities into the Thessalian League.

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