The key to Hermione?


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The key to Hermione? Notes on an inscribed monument

By Jenny Wallensten (Swedish Institute at Athens, Greece)


This article discusses an inscribed monument found during rescue excavations in the ancient city of Hermione. It provides an editio princeps for the one-word inscription and discusses the symbolism of its relief depiction of a temple key. The examination of the monument is followed by a discussion proposing a new perspective on how to approach the religious milieu of ancient Hermione.

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Bibliographical information

Jenny Wallensten, ’The key to Hermione? Notes on an inscribed monument’, Opuscula. Annual of the Swedish Institutes at Athens and Rome (OpAthRom) 14, Stockholm 2021, 169-180. ISSN: 2000-0898. ISBN: 978-91-977799-3-7. Softcover, 478 pages.

Hermione. A Greek cityscape and its people

The section on Hermione, published in OpAthRom 14, comprises six articles:

Alcestis Papadimitriou | An ancient cityscape and its people: A study of ancient Hermione. Introductory remarks on historical sources and visible remains, archaeological research and prospects (pp. 65-76)

Henrik Gerding | The topography of Hermione—A preliminary outline (pp. 77-99)

Jesper Blid, with an appendix by Baukje van den berg | The Temple of Demeter Chthonia at Hermione (pp. 101-134)

Patrik Klingborg | The cisterns of the Bisti promontory at Hermione. With a preliminary description of the Roman aqueduct (pp. 135-155)

Angeliki Kossyva | Life and death in ancient Hermione. Excavations in the necropolis (pp. 157-167)

Jenny Wallensten | The key to Hermione? Notes on an inscribed monument (pp. 169-180)

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