The Iconography of Greek Cult in the Archaic and Classical Periods|
The Sacred Herd of Artemis at Lusoi*
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The ancient town of Lusoi with its Artemis sanctuary was situated on the western slope of Mount Aroania about 40 kilometres from the Corinthian Gulf (Fig. I).1 The district was particularly hard hit in 240 B.C. when the Aitolians swarmed through the northern Peloponnesos, plundering as they went2. After they had laid waste to Kynaitha their next goal was the town Kleitor. Interestingly enough the Aitolians did not take the direct route south to Kleitor, but instead chose the difficult route over the mountains of Lusoi. The highland plain of Lusoi (Fig. 2), 1 000 m above sea level, with the surrounding slopes has always been valued for its good pasturage.
When the Aitolian arrived at this plain, they did not molest the town itself but went straight to the sanctuary of Artemis. Polybios gives a detailed account of what happened there: “On arriving at the sanctuary of Artemis which lies between Kleitor and Kynaitha, and is regarded as inviolable by the Greeks, they threatened to seize a...
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