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date: 20 September 2019

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‘Old’ and ‘new’ were not simply factual descriptions, but significant categories bearing a wealth of associations for Greeks thinking about their own religion. The dichotomy can be applied both to deities venerated and to styles of worship, and, to a lesser extent, to religious concepts. In myth, innovation as the establishment of religion is a common theme, which provides both legitimation of contemporary worship through its antiquity and direct contact with the god, and a model for the establishment of new cults. More practically, oracular responses and legislation are structures which, to some extent, control new religious forms. Religious innovations were often stimulated by crisis, but, equally, could sometimes snowball in a less dramatic manner. The mysteries of Andania form a particularly complex case study, representing old and new in symbolic form and showing the close relation between the two; the new is presented as a renewal of the old.

Keywords: old, new, renewal, innovation, cults, oracular, legislation, crisis, mysteries, Andania

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