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(Παναθήναια; Panathḗnaia). Attic festival, celebrated over several days at the end of H ekatombaion, the first month of the Attic year. According to the majority of ancient sources, the first Panathenaea were held by the mythical king Erichthonius [1] (Harpocr. s.v. π., ll. 14f.; Marmor Parium 10); however, some also attribute their foundation (Plut. Theseus 24,3) or respectively expansion (Paus. 8,2,1) to Theseus. According to schol. Aristid. Panathenaicus p. 323 Dindorf (= Aristot. fr. 637 Rose), the festival commemorated "the killing of the giant Asterius" (As…

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Parker, Robert (Oxford), “Panathenaea”, 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 2021 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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