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This paper discusses the literary and physical evidence for the Lenaeum (the sacred precinct of Dionysios in Athens), a site whose location was lost.
Publisher: Gorgias Press LLC
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SKU (ISBN): 978-1-60724-499-8
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Publication Status: In Print

Series: Analecta Gorgiana 270
Publication Date: Aug 4,2009
Interior Color: Black
Trim Size: 6 x 9
Page Count: 27
Language: English
ISBN: 978-1-60724-499-8
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The Lenaea (or Lenaia) – festivals of Dionysios in Athens – and the places in which they were held are key to any attempt to understand the performance context and religious context of Athenian drama. In this paper Pickard suggests a location for the sacred precinct of Dionysios en Limnais in which many of the non-theatrical components of the Lenaea would be performed. He uses surviving textual evidence and contemporary excavation to suggest a location somewhere on or at the foot of the southwestern slope of Colonus Agoraeus. The essay provides within its argument a concise collection of the literary evidence for the location of this important precinct and offers supplementary information key to contextualizing the performance context of Athenian drama.

The Lenaea (or Lenaia) – festivals of Dionysios in Athens – and the places in which they were held are key to any attempt to understand the performance context and religious context of Athenian drama. In this paper Pickard suggests a location for the sacred precinct of Dionysios en Limnais in which many of the non-theatrical components of the Lenaea would be performed. He uses surviving textual evidence and contemporary excavation to suggest a location somewhere on or at the foot of the southwestern slope of Colonus Agoraeus. The essay provides within its argument a concise collection of the literary evidence for the location of this important precinct and offers supplementary information key to contextualizing the performance context of Athenian drama.

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John Pickard

  • PAPERS OF THE AMERICAN SCHOOL OF CLASSICAL STUDIES AT ATHENS (page 6)