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Archaic Spartan Cults Daniels, Megan


This category comprises the major cults that appeared around the five villages in the Archaic Period (ca. 800-480 BCE) that would later coalesce into the Spartan city-state. The major cults are: the Sanctuary of Orthia on the west bank of the Eurotas River, the Sanctuary of Athena Chalkioikos ("Of the Bronze House") on the acropolis, the Sanctuary of Helen and Menelaus (the Menelaion) to the east of the Eurotas River, the Sanctuary of Apollo Hyakinthos in the southern village of Amyklai, and various "hero shrines", including one to Agamemnon and Alexandra/Cassandra.

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