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Panathenaea
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. The annual midsummer festival in Athens, a major celebration every four years (since 566 bce), otherwise a minor celebration, brought together the whole polis, which included the city and the entire surrounding region of Attica. Later the Athenians traced the celebration of the Panathenaea to Theseus’s unification of the settlements in Attica (Plut. Theseus 24), making it the festival of “all Athens.” But when the procession approached the central temple of Athena, the protectress of the city, it embodied the earlier significance o…

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Auffarth, Christoph, “Panathenaea”, in: Religion Past and Present. Consulted online on 24 October 2020 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1877-5888_rpp_SIM_124253>
First published online: 2011
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004146662, 2006-2013



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