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(θεωρία; theōría).

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[1] Legation from Greek cities to shrines

Designation for one of the best-documented forms of pilgrimage [1], whereby the Greek póleis sent official legations to non-local shrines. The official sent on such a mission was called theoros (θεωρός; theōrós). It is assumed that the term comes from the fact that the theōroí 'looked upon' with their own eyes (horân; on the word's disputed etymology see [1.433f.]) the sacrifices and celebrations in those sanct…

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Rutherford, Ian C. (Reading) and Volpi, Franco (Vicenza), “Theoria”, 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 21 May 2022 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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