Greek Votive Offerings; An Essay in the History...


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Author  William Henry Denham Rouse
Publication Date   October 24, 2012
ISBN  1231855460
Pages  172

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can usually download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1902 edition. Excerpt: ...There were usually figures of one or more worshippers1; sometimes the god stands with them8, but no further description of the scene is given. One or two are said to be in a little cell or shrine. They were generally inscribed with the names of the offerers; the figure on the relief is always of the same sex as the dedicator, except where it is given on another's behalf; and in one case at least the worshipping figures are expressly identified with the dedicators4. The figures were intended then to represent or recall the dedicators. They were therefore made to order, as votive paintings of the same sort are made in Italy to-day. Considerably over a hundred reliefs or chasings are mentioned in the lists; and they are not only offered singly, but sometimes one person gives two, four, six, or as many as fifteen5. The pious Sibylla probably did not consecrate all her fifteen at one time, but we may take her to be a chronic sufferer, whose faith rose triumphant after every relapse. The same practice held at other shrines whose lists have been spared by time; as that of the Hero Physician, where a number of reliefs are mentioned. (4) Miscellaneous. Heracles, we learn, being healed of a wound in the hollow of his hand, built a temple to Asclepius Cotylean7. Unfortunately for our faith, in the days of Heracles Asclepius was not yet born. But in historical times two patients showed their gratitude by building each a new temple for Asclepius, whom they thus introduced into their own places. One was Archias, who built a temple at Pergamus, when a strained limb had been healed1; the other, Phalysius of Naupactus, who received his sight in a miraculous manner, which those who wish may see set forth by Pausanias in the last paragraph of his wonderful...

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