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date: 09 December 2022



  • Francis Redding Walton
  •  and John Scheid


Agdistis, a form of the Phrygian mother-goddess; at *Pessinus*Cybele was called Agdistis (Strabo 469, 567). According to the myth (see attis), she was originally androgynous. Her cult spread to various parts of Anatolia, to Egypt (by 250bce), to Attica (with that of Attis in Piraeus 4th–3rd, cents., IG 22. 4671; at *Rhamnus, 83/2 bce), *Lesbos, and *Panticapeum. At Lydian *Philadelphia (2) her private shrine (1st cent. bce) enforced a strict moral code (Syll.3 985; O. Weinreich, Sitz. Heidelberg1919). There and elsewhere Agdistis appears with theoi sōtēres. See anatolian deities.


  • Roman Myth and Religion

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