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date: 05 April 2020

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Time is one of the fundamental dimensions of ancient Greek religion. Scholarship has elucidated the essential links between nature and time-reckoning, notably the importance of seasonal and agricultural cycles in the constitution of Greek rituals and calendars. Recently, the focus has often oscillated between a synchronic perspective, considering myths and rituals as virtually sempiternal, or a diachronic one, approaching them in concrete historical terms. A temporal lens also affords us the opportunity to ask not, perhaps, ‘how it exactly happened’—a difficult question—but to form a suitable impression of different scales of ritual time; in other words, ‘what it felt like’, from seasonal and year-long rhythms, to major events and celebrations in the year. This contribution looks first at snapshots of the seasonal cycles described in the revised calendar of the small island of Mykonos, before turning to consider the peaks of the year, two major festivals at Magnesia-on-the-Maeander.

Keywords: Magnesia-on-the-Maeander, Mykonos, calendar, festivals, rituals, myth, diachronic, celebrations, seasonal cycles, agricultural cycles, time

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