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Cults and beliefs

This course provides the opportunity, with the aid of ancient sources and the corresponding ancient material, to approach the religious life and ideology of the ancient Macedonians.

In the Macedonian pantheon, Olympian Zeus, Dionysus in different forms, Mother of Gods etc. dominate with special practices of worship that are linked with the political entity of the nation or the state or with archaic mysteries. An important heroic figure is Hercules, ancestor of the Macedonians.

Religious life of Macedonians is directly connected with the historical development of the kingdom while at the same time maintaining ancient and respected views until the Roman era.