"Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece" explores the religious motivations for pilgrimage and reveals the main preoccupations of worshippers in Ancient Greece. Dillon examines the main sanctuaries of Delphi, Epidauros and Olympia, as well as the lesser known oracle of Didyma in Asia Minor and the festivals at the Isthmus of Corinth. He discusses the modes of travel to the sites, means of communication between pilgrims and the religious and ritual practices at the sanctuaries themselves. A unique insight into pilgrimage in ancient Greece is presented, focusing on the diverse aspects of pilgrimage; the role of women and children, the religious festivals of different ethnic groups and the colorful celebrations including music, athletics and equestrian events. "Pilgrims and Pilgrimage in Ancient Greece" is an accessible and fascinating volume, revealing how "pilgrimage" contributes to Greek religion as a whole.
"Dillon provides a well organized and carefully researched book that will prove to be an essential tool in Greek religion."
-Religious Studies Review, Jan. 1999
..."nicely written, and well worth reading."
-"Edward Kadletz, Ball State University
"Dillon's work is a useful compendium of sources, logically arranged, and comprehensively uniting material usually treated in seperate fields: history, religion, economics, sanctuaries, travel, athletics, and women...This work makes the Greek's experiences easy to imagine, thanks to its clear style and excellent choices of examples. Dillon asks and answers practical questions: most pilgrims stayed in tents, got food, clothes, and offerings from special markets, and were subject to many rules of both religious and practical importance-where they could park their vehicles, light their fires, and pasture their animals...This is a well-produced book. Its lack of typographical errors sets this volume apart from recently-published error-ridden texts. Its bibliography and notes are gratifyingly rich. Though aware of varying interpretations, Dillon does not engage in polemic on scholarly minutiae. Pilgrims will be profitably consulted by students at all levels.."