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Greek and Roman temples served as the houses of gods and goddesses, but also as centres of religious activity, meeting‐places, storehouses for dedications, and secure locations for the keeping of valuables. They must have required regular control, care, and funding in fulfilling their tasks and maintaining their fabric.

We have a picture of how the temples operated in Greece. There were normally priests or priestesses in charge of each one; in any large temple they would be assisted by minor officials of three types: first, there were cult officials who assisted in the sacrifices and rituals, who would have received their share of the sacrificial meat; secondly, there were caretakers who controlled access to the temple, carried out purifications of those entering, and cleaned the temple; thirdly, there were treasurers, who assisted with financial administration, took care of treasures and votives, and oversaw the raising of revenue.

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