The Games at Athens (Agora Picture Book #25) (Paperback)

By Jenifer Neils, Stephen V. Tracy

American School of Classical Studies at Athen, 9780876616413, 32pp.

Publication Date: September 1, 2003

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This attractive book presents a general introduction to the Greater Panathenaia, the week-long religious and civic festival held at Athens every four years in honor of the city's patron goddess, Athena. The highlight of the city's festival calendar, with its musical, athletic, and equestrian contests, tribal events, processions, sacrifices, and other activities, the Greater Panathenaia involved all the residents of Athens; not just adult males but women, children, metics (resident aliens), foreigners, and even slaves. The facilities, administration, program events, prizes, and associated monuments are described.