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Mountain sanctuaries
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MS (= sanctuaries on rises or anticlines) were to be found in various ancient civilizations. Among the oldest monuments known to archeology are the so-called fire sanctuaries of Baal in the Near East [1]. It has been assumed that the numerous sanctuaries of the 2nd millennium on Crete were influenced by this tradition [2. 60f.]. More than 20 MS have been found there, identifiable by excavated clay figures and traces of altars.

Another form of MS is represented by Greek cult sites of the Classical period (mainland, islands, Asia Minor) on heights outs…

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Frateantonio, Christa (Gießen) and Kunz, Heike (Tübingen), “Mountain sanctuaries”, 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 26 February 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1574-9347_bnp_e516060>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510



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