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date: 04 March 2021

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This chapter examines the recent debates and key questions in scholarship on sanctuary space and architecture, and outlines the main challenges that face current scholars, particularly in dealing with the recognized multidimensionality of sacred spaces and architecture, and the variety of ways in which they both reflected and actively articulated the ritual practices they framed. It examines these challenges through three case studies of sacred spaces in Athens, Delos, and Samos, spanning the Archaic, Classical, and Hellenistic worlds, and concludes by arguing that it is only through an interdisciplinary approach to the evidence that we can capture the richness of meaning and importance attached to sacred space and architecture in the ancient world.

Keywords: Athens, Delos, ritual, Samos, sanctuary, sacred space, Archaic, Classical, Hellenistic, architecture, multidimensionality

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