The Palaikastro Hymn—better known as the Hymn of the Kouretes—does not celebrate a god of pre-Hellenic pedigree, who is Zeus in name only, as scholars have believed with virtual unanimity. Rather, an understanding of the conventions of Greek hymnic performance in its ritual context goes far to elucidating many of the ostensibly peculiar features of the Hymn. Moving out from Palaikastro, in eastern Crete, to survey the island as a whole, I show that the Cretan iconographic and epigraphic records contradict the widely accepted theory of a special, Minoan “Cretan Zeus.”
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University, M. A. S. (2011, November 07). The Palaikastro Hymn and the modern myth of the Cretan Zeus. Ancient History Encyclopedia. Retrieved from https://www.ancient.eu/article/271/
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University, Mark A. S. "The Palaikastro Hymn and the modern myth of the Cretan Zeus." Ancient History Encyclopedia. Ancient History Encyclopedia, 07 Nov 2011. Web. 30 Nov 2020.