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Title: Artemis cult in Sicily and southern Italy in the archaic and classical periods
Author: Bannister, Nicola Carole
Awarding Body: University of Edinburgh
Current Institution: University of Edinburgh
Date of Award: 2010
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This thesis is an inter-disciplinary study of the evidence for the Greek goddess Artemis in the Southern Italian and Sicilian colonies during the archaic and classical periods. The evidence is reviewed by type and with specific reference to its chronological and geographical context. First, I deal with the myths which feature Artemis in the works of Pindar and Bacchylides. This is followed by a catalogue of sites and epithets which informs a discussion of her worship. Thirdly, a wide range of representations of Artemis is considered; they constitute the largest category of evidence in this thesis. The goddess appears on Attic vases exported to the west as well as vases manufactured in Apulia and Lucania. Terracotta figurines and architectural sculpture are also catalogued and discussed. The final corpus of evidence reviewed is the depiction of the goddess on coins minted in Southern Italy and Sicily. Finally, the key themes to emerge from this inter-disciplinary study are contextualised within the historical realities of the western Greek colonies and compared with the conventional view of the goddess in modem scholarship.
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Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
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