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The Sacrificial Rituals of Greek Hero-Cults in the Archaic to the Early Hellenistic Period

Gunnel Ekroth


Gunnel Ekroth

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1This study is a partly reworked Ph.D. thesis submitted in 1999 at the Department of Classical Archaeology and Ancient History, University of Stockholm. I am happy to express my gratitude to all those who have been helpful and supportive over the years. Special thanks go to Berit Wells, who, besides the late Birgitta Bergquist, was my advisor, o¢fering continuous support and constructive criticism. Robert Parker, acting as the opponent appointed by the department at the defence of the dissertation, provided many valuable insights and suggestions. I also want to thank Jesper Svenbro and Scott Scullion for pertinent observations and stimulating discussions on the topic.

2A number of persons have answered questions, discussed various matters with me and also come with wise remarks, ideas and encouragement. I would like to thank Claude Björk, David Boehringer, Hedda von Ehrenheim, Renée Forsell, Dennis Hughes, Michael Jameson, Arto Penttinen, Hans Ruge, Ann-Louise Schallin, Charlotte Sche¢fer, Kerstin Silfwerbrand, Lena Sjögren, Ove Strid, Annie Verbanck-Piérard, as well as François de Polignac, who also gave me the possibility to present parts of my work at the Centre Louis Gernet in Paris. I am grateful to the editorial committee of Kernos for publishing my study in their supplement series and for the patient assistance o¢fered by the editor, Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge. The conclusions and any errors remain, of course, my own.

3Through the years I have received financial support from Knut and Alice Wallenbergs Stiftelse, Wallenbergsstiftelsens Jubileumsfond, Föreningen Svenska Atheninstitutets Vänner, Rosa och Viktor Tengborgs Stiftelse and Stiftelsen Birgitta Bergquists Stipendiefond.

4 Finally, I want to thank my mother, my father and my husband Pelle who have encouraged and helped me continuously in every possible way. This work would never have been completed without their unfailing support.

5Stockholm, December 2000

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