Nicolette Pavlides: Regional Connections in Laconia: the Sanctuary of Apollo Hyperteleatas

On The November 21, 2023

9.00 am - MOM Breakfast

Maison de l'Orient et de la Méditerranée Jean Pouilloux (MOM) - 86, rue Pasteur - Lyon 7e - 4th floor - room Reinach
Crédits photo : Paris, Musée du Louvre, n° 2785
Crédits photo : Paris, Musée du Louvre, n° 2785

As part of the MOM Breakfasts, Nicolette Pavlides will present her research on the Sanctuary of Apollo Hyperteleatas in Laconia. The aim is to examine the religious customs of the perioikoi from a local perspective.

"I argue that Sparta in the Archaic period to the second century BC controlled the region and its foreign affairs, but the local communities formed regional religious centres not closely monitored by Sparta. I build my investigation through two foci: first, the sanctuary as a place of elite patronage in the Archaic and Classical periods, especially through the architectural similarities with other Laconian temples and the rich votive gifts in bronze, such as the drinking shapes. Second, the sanctuary was central to the region of Molaoi: to the south lay Kyparissia, to the west Akriai and Kotyrta, and to the east Epidaurus Limera. The position of the sanctuary is evident by a number of proxenoi decrees of the second century BC set up at the sanctuary that show its central importance to the region."

Nicolette Pavlides is a lecturer in Greek Art and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh. She is a Fellow of the Collegium de Lyon in 2023-24.

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