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Lampadedromia
(399 words)

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(λαμπαδηδρομία/lampadēdromía, schol. Aristoph. Ran. 131; Ionian λαμπαδηφορίη/lampadēphoríē, Hdt. 8,98; more commonly λαμπάς/lampás since Hdt. 6,105; Pl. Resp. 328a and inscriptions) is the cultic agōn (contest) of the torch race, which was mostly performed as a relay race. In addition there were individual races, and in the cult of Bendis at Athens, a spectacular horse race.

The ritual goal of the lampadedromía was ultimately the renewal of the fire; for this reason it always began at important altars. In antiquity, this renewal was unders…

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Graf, Fritz (Columbus, OH), “Lampadedromia”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 09 July 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e629580>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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