Lecture + seminar / 60h / 6 ECTS / winter semester. Coordinator: dr hab. Ioanna Patera
This course offers a detailed picture of the setting of Greek festivals. The various means to repeatedly honour the gods will be examined in order to differentiate what is meaningful in each case. These settings will be compared to the discourses about the origins of festivals, the myths regarding the honoured gods and the actual way of honouring them. Variations of patterns will be examined as ways to differentiate the meaningful and the specific aspect making each of the festivals recognizable and unique. We shall examine the great and smaller festivals, their settings and organization, the administration of the sanctuaries as well as the overall modern theories mostly regarding the nature of the honoured gods.