Athena, patroness of the marketplace: from Athens to Constantinople

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Athena was an important part of Greek, Roman, and Byzantine cultural tradition and memory. To date, late-antique images of the popular deity—and her Roman counterpart Minerva—have usually been considered secular, devoid of all previous pagan meaning. Occasionally, scholars have deemed Athena’s continued popularity the result of an antiquarian interest in the classical past. Based on an analysis of steelyard weights of the period 400-600CE and prominent statues in cities like Athens and Constantinople, Wade argues that many people considered Athena a contemporary deity, one who symbolised utopian ideals of both the Graeco-Roman past and the Christian future.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMemories of Utopia
Subtitle of host publicationthe revision of histories and landscapes in late antiquity
EditorsBronwen Neil, Kosta Simic
Place of PublicationLondon ; New York
PublisherRoutledge, Taylor and Francis Group
Number of pages19
ISBN (Electronic)9780429448508
ISBN (Print)9781138328679
Publication statusPublished - 2020

Publication series

NameRoutledge Monographs in Classical Studies


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