Understanding the Athenian Arrhephoria: Female Initiation rite or Civic Rite?

Harris, Madeleine O.


  • It was my aim in the this paper to study the significance of female contributions to religion - and consequently civic life - through the arrhephoria, a small, female-led rite in Athens. I have assessed scholarly interpretations of the arrhephoria as an initiation rite and presented alternative explanations for its function in Athenian society, with the ultimate goal of better understanding one ... read more
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