Bloody sacrifice was at the core of most religious rituals in Greek culture.
In the city’s collective practice, on the one hand it was an instrument of communication with the divine, and on the other, a moment of social cohesion and solidarity among citizens.
The sacrifice consisted in the ritual slaughter of one or more animals, one part of which was offered to the gods, and the rest eaten by the participants.
In fact, without the principles of this sacrifice, Greek people were not allowed to eat animal flesh without running the risk of falling into “animality”.
The victims ranged from goats, pigs or lambs, included roosters, the most modest offering, and oxen, the most prestigious sacrificial animal.