Cook, Arthur B.
Zeus: a study in ancient religion (Band 1): Zeus god of the bright sky — Cambridge, 1914

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Sequence of the Mountain-cults 117

and wide throughout the Greek area (fig. 86)1, even where there
was no mountain with which his cult could be associated2.

§ 5. The Mountain-cults of Zeus.

(a) Chronological Development of the Mountain-cults.

The mountain-cults of Zeus may be grouped roughly in chrono-
logical order according as they centred round (i) a simple altar,
(2) an altar with a statue of the god, (3) an altar with a statue
enclosed in a temple3.

Examples of the earliest type occur in several Greek myths.
Deukalion, for instance, according to one version of his legend, was
borne safely over the waters of the flood to a mountain-height above
Argos and in gratitude for his escape built upon it an altar to Zeus
Afl/ze'szos4. Althaimenes, who fled from Crete to Rhodes lest he
should unwittingly become the slayer of his father Katreus, put in
to shore at a place wThich in memory of his former home he named
Kretenia: on climbing Mount Atabyrion he got a distant view of
Crete and, thinking still of Cretan cults, there set up an altar to
Zeus Atabyrios*. Herakles, after sacking Oichalia and carrying off
Iole the daughter of king Eurytos, went to Mount Kenaion the
north-western promontory of Euboia, and there dedicated altars
and a leafy precinct to Zeus Patrdios*. On Mount Helikon, near
the spring Hippokrene, Zeus Helikonios had an altar, round which
the Muses were believed to dance7. On the peak of Mount Ide
called Gargaros there was an altar and a precinct of Zeus Idaios,
where Hektor was wont to sacrifice8. Mount Arachnaion in Argolis
had altars of Zeus and Hera9. The singular ritual of Mount

river flowing to the right show the nature of the mountain-side. This god has been
taken to.be Zeus (Overbeck Gr. Kunstmyth. Zeus pp. 155, 161, Munztaf. 2, 16, Miiller-
Wieseler-Wernicke Ant. Denkm. i. 89 pi. 9, 5, Class. Rev. 1904 xviii. 80). But Imhoof-
Blumer Gr. Miinzen p. 82 f. no. 144 pi. 6, 16 regards him as the mountain-god Olympos.
Infrap. 124. Another coin of the same town has a seated Zeus inscribed |~IPOYCAGIC
AIA OAYMniON (Head Hist, num.* p. 444).

1 Inscr. Gr. ins. hi Suppl. no. 1345 (a rock-cut inscription of the third century B.C.
in the precinct of Artemidoros at Thera : see F. Hiller von Gaertringen Die Insel Thera
Berlin 1904 iii. 89ff.) Ad 'OXv/nricp. \ derbv v^Lirerri Aids ayyeXov ''Kprefxidwpos j devaop- iroXei
elae Kal ddavdroccn deoTai. | acpdiroi, dddvarot /ecu dyrjpaoi cteVaot re | fiwpioi, ocrois lepevs
r^jxevos KTLvev ''ApTep.LSwpos.

2 See the list given in Roscher Lex. Myth. iii. 840—847, cp. Farnell Cults of Gr.
States i. 155 f.

3 The evidence is collected in Append. B, where the arrangement of it is topo-
graphical.

4 lb. Phliasia. 5 lb. Rhodes. fi lb. Euboia.
7 lb. Boiotia. 8 lb. Troas. 9 lb. Argolis.
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