Female participation in rituals in the Greek polis can take many forms. A particularly representative role concerns the kanephoros, the virgin maiden who carries the kanoun, i.e. the basket containing the sacrificial knife and other objects necessary for the performance of the ritual. Kanephoria is a crucial element in the social dynamics of the polis, as witnessed by Aristophanes in The Acharnians and Lysistrata. Atheni- an theatre frequently stages crisis situations to the solution of which a maiden, in the age of Kanephoria, is called upon to provide an answer through a change of role from worker to sacrificial offering. Attention will be focused here on the voluntary sacrifice of the parthenos Macaria in Euripides’ Heracleidae.

NICOLA CUSUMANO (2024). La fanciulla e il sacrificio: da kanephoros a vittima, dal rituale alla scena. In E. Zocca, A. Capomacchia (a cura di), Eroiche fanciulle, sante bambine, cattive ragazze (pp. 61-74). Roma : Sapienza Università Editrice [10.13133/9788893773171].

La fanciulla e il sacrificio: da kanephoros a vittima, dal rituale alla scena

NICOLA CUSUMANO
2024-05-01

Abstract

Female participation in rituals in the Greek polis can take many forms. A particularly representative role concerns the kanephoros, the virgin maiden who carries the kanoun, i.e. the basket containing the sacrificial knife and other objects necessary for the performance of the ritual. Kanephoria is a crucial element in the social dynamics of the polis, as witnessed by Aristophanes in The Acharnians and Lysistrata. Atheni- an theatre frequently stages crisis situations to the solution of which a maiden, in the age of Kanephoria, is called upon to provide an answer through a change of role from worker to sacrificial offering. Attention will be focused here on the voluntary sacrifice of the parthenos Macaria in Euripides’ Heracleidae.
The maiden and the sacrifice: from kanephoros to victim, from ritual to scene
mag-2024
Settore L-ANT/02 - Storia Greca
Settore M-STO/06 - Storia Delle Religioni
NICOLA CUSUMANO (2024). La fanciulla e il sacrificio: da kanephoros a vittima, dal rituale alla scena. In E. Zocca, A. Capomacchia (a cura di), Eroiche fanciulle, sante bambine, cattive ragazze (pp. 61-74). Roma : Sapienza Università Editrice [10.13133/9788893773171].
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