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date: 19 October 2019

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Looking closely at an Attic painted vase, a votive relief, and a coin, this chapter examines the ways in which ancient imagery is instructive about a wide range of aspects of Greek religion, including the relationships between mortals and immortals, ritual practices, myths, cosmology, and places of worship. The chapter also considers some of the methodological problems that arise from the usage of visual material in the study of Greek religion. It argues that ancient images need not be viewed as ancillary to other sources; rather, they ought to be considered in their own right and in their original context. Such an approach is revealing of ancient perceptions of religious life and the sacred that were articulated visually.

Keywords: coin, cosmology, myths, votive relief, imagery, visual material

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