Designation for one of the best-documented forms of pilgrimage , 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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