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(Πλυντήρια/Plyntḗria). Athenian festival in the course of which members of the génos of Praxiergidae removed the adornment of the ancient image of  Athena Polias [C.1], veiled the image and performed secret rites (Xen. Hell. 1,4,12; Plut. Alcibiades 34,1f.); both the goddess'clothes and her statue were presumably washed by young women called loutrídes or plyntrídes (Hsch. s.v. λουτρίδες). A procession is recorded, in which  Pallas [3] was escorted to the sea by ephebai (Ephēbeía), (IG II2 1011,11); this was probably connected with the festival [1]. The …

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Parker, Robert (Oxford), “Plynteria”, 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 24 September 2020 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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