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date: 22 September 2019

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This chapter reviews the formation and nature of Greek religion in South Italy and especially Sicily (Western Greece or Magna Graecia) throughout the Archaic and Classical periods. It has three main themes which combine both textual and archaeological evidence: the first is an overview of the broad religious profiles of Western Greek states, together with an examination of the methods by which those states could produce individualized religious profiles which went beyond the transfer and duplication of cults from mainland Greece; the second theme is the material culture of religion in Magna Graecia, especially in terms of different approaches to temple building and sculptural decoration; finally, the third theme reviews the textual and archaeological evidence for the maintenance of religious ties with Greece and the articulation of interstate relationships through votive offerings.

Keywords: Magna Graecia, Sicily, Western Greece, South Italy, religious profiles, temple building, material culture, sculptural decoration, interstate relationships, votive offerings

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