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date: 01 December 2020


  • Jakob Aall Ottesen Larsen
  •  and P. J. Rhodes


Amphictiony (from amphiktiones, ‘dwellers around’) is the name given to Greek leagues connected with *sanctuaries and the maintenance of their cults. Most were concentrated in the locality of the sanctuary, but the most important, such as the amphictiony of Anthela and *Delphi, came to include representatives from much of Greece. They could punish those who offended against the sanctuary, and the Delphic amphictiony could even declare a *Sacred War against an offending state.

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