Cults and Beliefs

This course provides the opportunity, with the aid of ancient sources and the corresponding ancient material, to approach religious life in ancient Macedonia.

In the Macedonian pantheon, Olympian Zeus, Dionysus in different forms, Mother of Gods etc. dominate with special practices of worship that are linked with the political entity of the nation or the state or with archaic mysteries. An important heroic figure is Hercules, ancestor of the Macedonians. The religious life in Macedonia is directly connected with the historical development of the kingdom and the integration of its territories into the Roman Empire. One may observe a combination of ancient traditions and innovations.