Ancient Macedonian Culture and Beliefs

 

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The song is ΣΑΝ ΤΗΝ ΑΓΑΠΗ ΤΗΝ ΚΡΥΦΗ – San tin agapi tin kryfi (like the hidden love) by Eleftheria Arvanitaki (ΕΛΕΥΘΕΡΙΑ ΑΡΒΑΝΙΤΑΚΗ).

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Ancient Macedonian culture is the same as Ancient Greek culture. The same gods, the same beliefs, the same dress.

‘Along with lavish display of every sort, Philip included in the procession statues of the twelve Gods brought with great artistry and adorned with a dazzling show of wealth to strike awe to the beholder, and along with these was conducted a thirteenth statue, suitable for a god, that of Philip himself, so that the king exhibited himself enthroned among the twelve Gods.’

(Diodorus Histories, Chapter 16, 95.2)

`Mount Olympus – Greece’s most famous mountain range, home of the Olympian gods, towers 2,919m above the plains of Thessaly and Macedonia.’

(John S. Bowman, Sherry Marker, Frommer’s Greece,p522)

`Aphrodite Hypolympidia (Below Olympia) was worshipped in a small, graceful temple where her cult-statue, now in the museum, was found. Dionysos was also honoured near the Hellenistic theatre, built, like the statium, by King Archelaos who caused the religious festivals to be enlivened with athletic and theatrical performances’

(Brian De Jongh, John Gandon. The Companion Guide to Mainland Greece, p156)

`When in Archaic times it was a sacred city, the earth-goddess Demeter, held sway. Her two small early temples (c.500 BC) were later replaced by a larger Hellenistic building. Subsequently, Zeus was dominant and the city was named after him (Dios is the genative of Zeus); at his sanctuary’

(Brian De Jongh, John Gandon. The Companion Guide to Mainland Greece, p156)

`Olympus is central to the identify of Zeus, and this may well derive ultimately from the strong commitment to worship of Zeus in Thessaly and Macedonia.’

(Ken Dowden, ZEUS, p58)

`Olympus is central to the identify of Zeus, and this may well derive ultimately from the strong commitment to worship of Zeus in Thessaly and Macedonia.’

(Ken Dowden, ZEUS, p58)

`At Dion, Archelaus instituted a festival to Zeus, including ‘Olympian games’ and dramatic contests in honor of Zeus and the Muses.’

Eugene Borza, in the Shadow of Olympus, p 173)

`Olynthos, the head of the Chalkidikian League, was a wealthy and populous city. Excavations there have uncovered both public buildings and luxurious private residences adorned with mosaics of black and white tesserae, among the earliest discovered in Greece.’

(Miltiades B. Hatzopoulos, Philip of Macedon, p107)

`The cults of Asklepios, the Nymphs, Artemis, Heracles Kallinikos and the river god Olganos are attested in Mieza.’

(Thomas Heine Nielsen, An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis p804)

`The Patron divinity of Pella was Athena Alkidemos. Among other cults, those of Apollo, Artemis, Asklepios,Dionysos, Zeus Meilichios, Heracles Kynagidas, the Muses and Pan are attested from epigraphic, literary and archeological sources.’

(Thomas Heine Nielsen, An Inventory of Archaic and Classical Poleis p805)

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