Doepner, Daphni

Steine und Pfeiler für die Götter

Weihgeschenkgattungen in westgriechischen Stadtheiligtümern

22.0 x 29.0 cm, 264 p., 173 illustrations b/w, paperback / softback
45,00 €

ISBN: 9783895000751

Short Description

Due to extraordinarily good find conditions the Greek colony Metapont in Lower Italy gives very clear evidence of the following circumstance: In wide areas of the representative and sacral centre of the polis, in the “urban sanctuary”, i.e. at magnificent temples and altars from the 7th to the 3rd century B.C. no luxurious votive offerings had been erected but exclusively plain stones and aniconic pillars. This phenomenon was found in Western Greece also in other places but not, however, in the Greek motherland. This study is supposed to find an explanation. A comprehensive analysis of the findings is aimed at the reconstruction of the entire votive practice in the urban sanctuary of Metapont and in those of Poseidonia (Paestum), Syracuse, Akragas (Agrigent) and Selinunt. In consultation with other archaeological and literary sources it becomes possible to characterize the function of the aniconic anathems and in contrast even of other species of votives. Apart from this the high value of the consecration of stones and pillars in Western Greece becomes obvious and consequently the great importance of collectively keeping up traditions when living abroad.


„More direct archaeological evidence is also needed for a better understanding of the meaning and practical use of the aniconic votives. Where they simply offerings or did they (continue to) act as a focus for (family?) cult. The few test excavation dope by Doepner seem to Support the First hypothesis, but are far from conclusive. Such uncertainties, however, only help to stress the importance of her study as a starting point for further research and an example for those already working in Greek sanctuaries: even the ugly and undecorated finds can be very interesting when they receive their deserved care and contexts.“

In: BABesch. 79 (2004). S. 213-214.

Series Description

With PALILIA, the German Archaeological Institute of Rome introduces a new series of publications, primarily monographs on archaeological research done in or starting from Italy. The series will deal with new approaches and innovative research methods, and subjects neglected in classical archaeology. The subject range includes central archaeological research areas, such as Graeco-Roman sculpture, iconography, architecture, urban research, and topographic studies, as well as topics from social and economic history, history of religion and of everyday life.


Altertum (44) || Ancient Rome (66) || Ancient World (141) || Ancient history (97) || Archaeology (523) || Archaeology by period / region (440) || Historical states, empires & regions (228) || History (834) || Kulturelle Heiligtümer (9)