Sacred Wars

Sacred Wars

 

a series of wars fought in Greece from the sixth through third centuries B.C. between the members of am-phictyonies, religious unions of tribes or cities, for hegemony within the amphictyonies and in Greece. Most of the wars were touched off by members’ violations of amphictyony decrees—hence the name “Sacred War”—or by violations of amphictyony sanctuaries or the plundering of treasuries. Best known are the wars of the Delphic-Pylaean amphictyony, a union centered around the sanctuary at Delphi; they were fought in 355–346 B.C. and 340–339 B.C..

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There was also a dispute at Phocea, concerning a right of inheritance, between Mnasis, the father of Mnasis, and Euthucrates, the father of Onomarchus, which brought on the Phoceans the sacred war. The government too of Epidamnus was changed from a quarrel that arose from an intended marriage; for a certain man having contracted his daughter in marriage, the father of the young person to whom she was contracted, being archon, punishes him, upon which account he, resenting the affront, associated himself with those who were excluded from any share in the government, and brought about a revolution.
Eighty men were pounding with fist and heel the tables and trestles - eighty men, flushed with mutiny, stripped to their shirt sleeves, their knapsacks half-packed for the march to the sea, made the two-inch boards thunder again as they chanted, to a tune that Mulcahy knew well, the Sacred War Song of the Mavericks-
During 250 years, four sacred wars were fought over the shrine and the sparsely populated town which served it, Delphi.
Rather than being guardians of trinitarian theological formulations and cross-bearers within sacred wars, can we, as a contemporary Jesus movement, return to the priority of compassion and love and God's call to the vulnerability of divine servanthood concretized in Jesus, the Christ?
Principal wars: expansion campaigns (359-339); Third (355-346) and Fourth (339-338) Sacred Wars. Principal battles: Volo (352); Chaeronea (338).
Principal wars: Third Sacred War (355-346); Fourth Sacred War (339-338); conquest of Persia (334-330).