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p270 Chalcioicia

Article by Leonhard Schmitz, Ph.D., F.R.S.E., Rector of the High School of Edinburgh
on p270 of

William Smith, D.C.L., LL.D.:
A Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities, John Murray, London, 1875.

CHALCIOICIA (χαλκιοίκια), an annual festival, with sacrifices, celebrated at Sparta in honour of Athena, surnamed Χαλκίοικος, i.e. the goddess of the brazen-house (Paus. III.17 § 3, X.5 § 5; and Goeller ad Thucyd. I.128, &c.). Young men marched on the occasion in full armour to the temple of the goddess; and the ephors, although not entering the temple, but remaining within its sacred precincts, were obliged to take part in the sacrifice (Polyb. IV.35 § 2).


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