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Post  AgathonZante on Sun May 17, 2015 9:58 pm

Theseus is known for having established many religious observances and festivals in Athens. Was He also the founder of Panathenaia?
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Re: Creation of Panathenaia

Post  Erodius on Sat May 23, 2015 12:51 pm

Theseus came to be considered something of a national hero of Attica. Whether actually true or not, it would not have been unusual for objects, customs or events of national importance to have come to be attributed to him.

So, perhaps – perhaps not.

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Re: Creation of Panathenaia

Post  Athena'sWisdom on Wed May 27, 2015 11:49 am

I believe I read somewhere that it was founded by Erichthonius, the legendary ruler of Athens raised by Athena, but then future rulers made it into an event on a huge scale as the respect for Athena grew. So Theseus could have had a hand in this up scaling of the festivities Smile It's a possibility Smile

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