The American School of Classical Studies at Athens

Gods and Heroes in the Athenian Agora

by John McK. Camp II

Agora Picture Book 19
32 pp, b/w figs
5.5" x 8.5"
Paper, ISBN: 978-0-87661-623-9
Publication Date: Nov 1980
Status: Active

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Description:
Religion played a part in almost every aspect of civic life, so shrines, temples, altars, and dedications are conspicuous at almost every turn during a visit to the Athenian Agora. The author of this booklet shows where and how the major Olympian gods were worshipped, and then turns his attention to lesser known deities, such as Hekate, the triple-bodied goddess of the crossroads. He argues that the cults of heroes, such as Theseus, one of the legendary founders of Athens, were much more popular than the official state religion focused on the Olympian gods.

About the Author: John McK. Camp II is Director of Excavations at the Athenian Agora and Professor of Classics at Randolph-Macon College.