14 Δεκεμβρίου 2017
|Αμφιθέατρο Cotsen Hall|
|19:00 - 20:30||
The Myth and Cult of Opheltes at Nemea
Abstract: The Sanctuary of Zeus at Nemea was host to one of the great athletic festivals of ancient Greece, the Nemean Games, on par with the ancient Olympics. In this talk I will describe how the ancient Greeks connected the origin of the Games with the myth of the hero Opheltes, a baby whose sudden death created a ritual obligation to honor the child with funerary rites and games. Archaeological evidence from the Shrine of Opheltes at Nemea combines with literary and artistic testimony to shed light on how the bond between the Games and the child hero was celebrated in cult and endowed with cultural and political significance.
University of Maryland