Религиозные обряды и празднества в общественной жизни античных городов Северного Причерноморья
Ruchinskaya O. A. Religious Rites and Festivals in the Social life of the Ancient Cities in the Northern Part of the Black Sea Coast
The different rites were the characteristicele ment of the ancient Greek religion. The existence of these sacred acts in the northern part of the Black Sea coast is proved by some archaeological, epigraphic and numismatic evidences. The citizens were taking an active part in sacrifices, public meals and prayers, religious festivals. The latter were the most interesting reflection of the ancient social life there. There were festivals which were dedicated to such Gods as Apollo, Hermes, Heracles, Ahillius, Dionisus, Virgin,
There is a good evidence that in the autonomous period the religious festivals had a great social resonance. Later, in the period of the Roman influence, they became rather entertainments than sacred rites and gradually lost their social significance.