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Orphic Masks and Burial Rituals: Unmasking King Philip II of Macedon

December 20, 2019 - General
Remains from the funerary pyre of Philip II. (Macedonian Heritage / CC BY-SA 3.0)

The ancient Greek world was steeped in superstition and deisidaimonia, a ‘sanctimonious piety’. Not only did the gods above need pacifying, but also the daimons below. Thunder was Zeus’ anger, sea storms Poseidon’s wrath, and the dark mood of Demeter was responsible for crop failure and famine, if not a pestilence spread by Apollo.

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