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Francis Prost
Valérie Huet
Sylvia Estienne
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Deuxième partie. Voir les dieux, penser le divin

Simplicity and Elaboration in the Visual Construction of the Divine in Ancient Greece*

Joannis Mylonopoulos

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In the fifth book of his Deipnosophistai, Athenaios delivered a lengthy and detailed description of one of the most luxurious festivals ever celebrated in the Greek world. Countless images of gods and goddesses, divine escorts, and personifications were exhibited to the people of Alexandria during the famous procession of Ptolemaios II Philadelphos in the second quarter of the third century BCE1. The Greek sovereign of Egypt capitalized on the festival by emphasizing both the divine origins of the Ptolemaic dynasty and its legitimizing connection with Alexander the Great. When describing the Dionysiac section of the procession, Athenaios explicitly focused on images made of gold and silver. Among the hundreds of statues of silens and satyrs, he described also carts that bore colossal mechanical statues:

“After them came a four-wheeled cart 14 cubits long and eight cubits wide pulled by 180 men. On it was a statue of Dionysus ten cubits high pouring libation from a gold karchēsion and...

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