Cults of Apollo at Sparta: The Hyakinthia, the Gymnopaidai by Michael Pettersson

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T|. Here it is explicitly stated that the dance was performed naked, and that its rhythmical movements represented a wrestling-and-boxing match, a Ttayicpdxiov. As variations of this dance, the Oschophoric and Bacchic dances are mentioned. These dances and the gymnopaidike are said to be traceable to the worship of Dionysos. 215 Ath. 678b-c = Sosibios FGrHist 595 F 5. Kaibel, in the Teubner edition of Athenaios, has proposed the reading <6 8' EK 8e^iov> yepovtcovx The chorus on the right would then have been made up by elders.

The young Hyakinthos was thus a separate figure from the bearded man on the relief in the Amyklaion, who was depicted in company with a female figure called Polyboia. The mature Hyakinthos According to Apollodoros (Bibl. 180 He had four daughters, Antheis, Aigleis, Lytaia and Ortheia. They were sacrificed on the grave of the cyclops Geraistos in obedience to an oracle when the city was infested with pestilence. 181 This relationship is repeated in Suda and Photios, although they say that the daughters were six in number.

These lines seem to be a condensation of the evolutionary view of Greek culture embraced by Nilsson and his generation. ' Calame (1977) also provides an important reevalutation of the role of choreia in his work on choruses of girls in early Greek culture. 234 Jeanmaire and Brelich, whose works concentrate on Greek cults as rites of initiation, emphasize the importance of dance and music in religious contexts, although they both express some doubts about the religious nature of the Gymnopaidiai.

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