In this study away course “Ancient Athens and Aigina: Cult Centers and Coastal Connections” students will study and visit three of the key sites in an ancient network of religious centers that shaped the culture of ancient Greece. In the 5th century BC, the new democracy at Athens led an alliance of Greek states against the Persian invasion and then translated that leadership into a broader hegemony, political and cultural. The religious centers in Athens, devoted to the titular goddess Athena and other local figures, exploited their relationship with Dionysos, Demeter, and the Mystery center at Eleusis, in partnership with financial interests of the empire.
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