Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual

Structure and History in Greek Mythology and Ritual

Discusses the concept of myth, looks at the traditions of Greek ritual, and considers specific Greek myths

Author: Walter Burkert

Publisher: Univ of California Press

ISBN: 0520047702

Category: History

Page: 226

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Discusses the concept of myth, looks at the traditions of Greek ritual, and considers specific Greek myths
Categories: History

Greek Religion

Greek Religion

The text builds up an impressive and coherent picture of the current state of knowledge about the religion of the ancient Greeks. This is the first major synthesis of Greek religion to appear for a generation.

Author: Walter Burkert

Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell

ISBN: 0631156240

Category: History

Page: 504

View: 282

This is the first major synthesis of Greek religion to appear for a generation. A clearly structured and readable survey for classical scholars and students, it will also be generally welcomed as the best modern account of any polytheistic religious system. The text builds up an impressive and coherent picture of the current state of knowledge about the religion of the ancient Greeks.
Categories: History

Greek Religion

Greek Religion

A survey of the religious beliefs of ancient Greece covers sacrifices, libations, purification, gods, heroes, the priesthood, oracles, festivals, and the afterlife

Author: Walter Burkert

Publisher: Harvard University Press

ISBN: 0674362810

Category: Religion

Page: 493

View: 142

A survey of the religious beliefs of ancient Greece covers sacrifices, libations, purification, gods, heroes, the priesthood, oracles, festivals, and the afterlife
Categories: Religion

A history of Greek religion

A history of Greek religion

Author: Martin Persson Nilsson

Publisher:

ISBN: OCLC:720089328

Category: Crete (Greece)

Page: 316

View: 949

Categories: Crete (Greece)

Athenian Religion

Athenian Religion

This book is an attempt to take seriously the cliche that Greek religion is an eminently social phenomenon.

Author: Robert Parker

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780198152408

Category: History

Page: 370

View: 148

This book is an attempt to take seriously the cliche that Greek religion is an eminently social phenomenon. It differs from `Histories of Greek Religion' by focusing on a particular Greek city with particular social structures. It treats a much broader range of phenomena than do books on`Athenian festivals'. It seeks to bridge the gap that usually divides studies of Greek religion from studies of Greek history and society. Among the topics discussed are the actual dates and circumstances of foundation of many temples, festivals, and cults at Athens, the historical development ofthe social structures within which religious activities took place, and the effects in the religious sphere of the radical shift in Athens' political life from tyranny to democracy and the acquisition of an empire. Robert Parker investigates the relation between religion and political prestige,considers the introduction of new cults, and looks in detail at such key personalities and events in the religious history of Athens as Lycurgus the Eteoboutad and his religious policies, and the trial of Socrates. The period covered is roughly that from 750 to 250 BC.
Categories: History

Greek Religion and Culture the Bible and the Ancient Near East

Greek Religion and Culture  the Bible  and the Ancient Near East

This book greatly enhances our knowledge of the interrelationship of Greek religion & culture and the Ancient Near East by offering important analyses of Greek myths, divinities and terms like a ~magica (TM) and 'paradise', but also of the ...

Author: Jan N. Bremmer

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004164734

Category: Religion

Page: 424

View: 341

This book greatly enhances our knowledge of the interrelationship of Greek religion & culture and the Ancient Near East by offering important analyses of Greek myths, divinities and terms like a ~magica (TM) and 'paradise', but also of the Greek contribution to the Christian notion of atonement.
Categories: Religion

A History of Greek Religion

A History of Greek Religion

Author: Martin Persson Nilsson

Publisher:

ISBN: STANFORD:36105001968192

Category: Crete (Greece)

Page: 316

View: 752

Categories: Crete (Greece)

Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion

Theologies of Ancient Greek Religion

This book does away once and for all with the assumption that only religions of the book think systematically about god(s).

Author: Esther Eidinow

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 9781107153479

Category: History

Page: 438

View: 300

This book does away once and for all with the assumption that only religions of the book think systematically about god(s).
Categories: History

Greek Votive Offerings

Greek Votive Offerings

This essay explores the relationship of ancient Greeks to their dieties through votive offerings - those things given freely to a being conceived as superhuman.

Author: William Henry Denham Rouse

Publisher: CUP Archive

ISBN:

Category: Cults

Page: 463

View: 184

This essay explores the relationship of ancient Greeks to their dieties through votive offerings - those things given freely to a being conceived as superhuman.
Categories: Cults

Greek Religion

Greek Religion

Designed as a companion to Warrior's Roman Religion: A Sourcebook, this text provides an introduction to the fundamentals of ancient Greek religious belief and ritual through sources.

Author: Valerie M. Warrior

Publisher: Hackett Publishing

ISBN: 9781585109876

Category: History

Page: 318

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Greek Religion: A Sourcebook provides an introduction to the fundamentals of ancient Greek religious beliefs and rituals through a rich collection of ancient source readings. The translations draw from the Focus Classical Library sources as well as new translations by the author and other outstanding scholars. Chapters cover such topics as ancient magic, mystery cults, divination, and festivals. Illustrated throughout with photos and maps, this book is designed as a companion to Valerie Warrior's Roman Religion: A Sourcebook.
Categories: History

Orpheus and Greek Religion

Orpheus and Greek Religion

The tales told of Orpheus are legion.

Author: William Keith Guthrie

Publisher: Princeton University Press

ISBN: 0691024995

Category: Religion

Page: 291

View: 993

The tales told of Orpheus are legion. He is said to have been an Argonaut--and to have saved Jason's life. Rivers are reported to have stopped their flow to listen to the sounds of his lyre and his voice. Plato cites his poetry and Herodotus refers to "practices that are called Orphic." Did Orpheus, in fact, exist? His influence on Greek thought is undeniable, but his disciples left little of substance behind them. Indeed, their Orphic precepts have been lost to time. W.K.C. Guthrie attempts to uncover and define Orphism by following its circuitous path through ancient history. He tackles this daunting task with the determination of a detective and the analytical rigor of a classical scholar. He ferries his readers with him on a singular voyage of discovery.
Categories: Religion

The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion

The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion

This handbook offers both students and teachers of ancient Greek religion a comprehensive overview of the current state of scholarship in the subject, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods.

Author: Esther Eidinow

Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA

ISBN: 9780199642038

Category: Greece

Page: 736

View: 241

This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship in ancient Greek religion, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. The handbook lays out the key dimensions of ancient Greek religion, approaches to evidence, and the representations of myths. The chapters reveal to readers the questions about, and the continuities and differences between, religious structures across time and place; including cultural interactions with Egypt, the Near East, theBlack Sea, and Bactria and India.
Categories: Greece

On Greek Religion

On Greek Religion

Amid a vast archipelago of scattered islets of information, only a few are of a size to be habitable."—from the Preface In On Greek Religion, Robert Parker offers a provocative and wide-ranging entrée into the world of ancient Greek ...

Author: Robert Parker

Publisher: Cornell University Press

ISBN: 0801462010

Category: History

Page: 328

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"There is something of a paradox about our access to ancient Greek religion. We know too much, and too little. The materials that bear on it far outreach an individual's capacity to assimilate: so many casual allusions in so many literary texts over more than a millennium, so many direct or indirect references in so many inscriptions from so many places in the Greek world, such an overwhelming abundance of physical remains. But genuinely revealing evidence does not often cluster coherently enough to create a vivid sense of the religious realities of a particular time and place. Amid a vast archipelago of scattered islets of information, only a few are of a size to be habitable."—from the Preface In On Greek Religion, Robert Parker offers a provocative and wide-ranging entrée into the world of ancient Greek religion, focusing especially on the interpretive challenge of studying a religious system that in many ways remains desperately alien from the vantage point of the twenty-first century. One of the world's leading authorities on ancient Greek religion, Parker raises fundamental methodological questions about the study of this vast subject. Given the abundance of evidence we now have about the nature and practice of religion among the ancient Greeks—including literary, historical, and archaeological sources—how can we best exploit that evidence and agree on the central underlying issues? Is it possible to develop a larger, "unified" theoretical framework that allows for coherent discussions among archaeologists, anthropologists, literary scholars, and historians? In seven thematic chapters, Parker focuses on key themes in Greek religion: the epistemological basis of Greek religion; the relation of ritual to belief; theories of sacrifice; the nature of gods and heroes; the meaning of rituals, festivals, and feasts; and the absence of religious authority. Ranging across the archaic, classical, and Hellenistic periods, he draws on multiple disciplines both within and outside classical studies. He also remains sensitive to varieties of Greek religious experience. Also included are five appendixes in which Parker applies his innovative methodological approach to particular cases, such as the acceptance of new gods and the consultation of oracles. On Greek Religion will stir debate for its bold questioning of disciplinary norms and for offering scholars and students new points of departure for future research.
Categories: History

A Local History of Greek Polytheism

A Local History of Greek Polytheism

This book provides the first comprehensive and detailed study of the deities and cults of the important Greek island-state of Aigina from the Geometric to Classical periods (800-400 BCE).

Author: Irene Polinskaya

Publisher: BRILL

ISBN: 9789004262089

Category: Religion

Page: 718

View: 112

This book provides the first comprehensive and detailed study of the deities and cults of the important Greek island-state of Aigina from the Geometric to Classical periods (800-400 BCE).
Categories: Religion

Philosophy and Salvation in Greek Religion

Philosophy and Salvation in Greek Religion

The articles in this volume undertake a critical engagement with this unspoken legacy of Greek religion.

Author: Vishwa Adluri

Publisher: Walter de Gruyter

ISBN: 9783110276381

Category: Religion

Page: 410

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Ever since Vlastos’ “Theology and Philosophy in Early Greek Thought,” scholars have known that a consideration of ancient philosophy without attention to its theological, cosmological and soteriological dimensions remains onesided. Yet, philosophers continue to discuss thinkers such as Parmenides and Plato without knowledge of their debt to the archaic religious traditions. Perhaps our own religious prejudices allow us to see only a “polis religion” in Greek religion, while our modern philosophical openness and emphasis on reason induce us to rehabilitate ancient philosophy by what we consider the highest standard of knowledge: proper argumentation. Yet, it is possible to see ancient philosophy as operating according to a different system of meaning, a different “logic.” Such a different sense of logic operates in myth and other narratives, where the argument is neither completely illogical nor rational in the positivist sense. The articles in this volume undertake a critical engagement with this unspoken legacy of Greek religion. The aim of the volume as a whole is to show how, beyond the formalities and fallacies of arguments, something more profound is at stake in ancient philosophy: the salvation of the philosopher-initiate.
Categories: Religion

Understanding Greek Religion

Understanding Greek Religion

In this book, Jennifer Larson shows that many of the fundamentals of Greek religion, such as anthropomorphic gods, divinatory procedures, purity beliefs, reciprocity, and sympathetic magic arise naturally as by-products of normal human ...

Author: Jennifer Larson

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317296737

Category: History

Page: 430

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Understanding Greek Religion is one of the first attempts to fully examine any religion from a cognitivist perspective, applying methods and findings from the cognitive science of religion to the ancient Greek world. In this book, Jennifer Larson shows that many of the fundamentals of Greek religion, such as anthropomorphic gods, divinatory procedures, purity beliefs, reciprocity, and sympathetic magic arise naturally as by-products of normal human cognition. Drawing on evidence from across the ancient Greek world, Larson provides detailed coverage of Greek theology and local pantheons, rituals including processions, animal sacrifice and choral dance, and afterlife beliefs as they were expressed through hero worship and mystery cults. Eighteen in-depth essays illustrate the theoretical discussion with primary sources and include case studies of key cult inscriptions from Kyrene, Kos, and Miletos. This volume features maps, tables, and over twenty images to support and expand on the text, and will provide conceptual tools for understanding the actions and beliefs that constitute a religion. Additionally, Larson offers the first detailed discussion of cognition and memory in the transmission of Greek religious beliefs and rituals, as well as a glossary of terms and a bibliographical essay on the cognitive science of religion. Understanding Greek Religion is an essential resource for both undergraduate and postgraduate students of Greek culture and ancient Mediterranean religions.
Categories: History

Animals in Ancient Greek Religion

Animals in Ancient Greek Religion

This book provides the first systematic study of the role of animals in different areas of the ancient Greek religious experience, including in myth and ritual, the literary and the material evidence, the real and the imaginary.

Author: Julia Kindt

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9780429754593

Category: History

Page: 304

View: 536

This book provides the first systematic study of the role of animals in different areas of the ancient Greek religious experience, including in myth and ritual, the literary and the material evidence, the real and the imaginary. An international team of renowned contributors shows that animals had a sustained presence not only in the traditionally well-researched cultural practice of blood sacrifice but across the full spectrum of ancient Greek religious beliefs and practices. Animals played a role in divination, epiphany, ritual healing, the setting up of dedications, the writing of binding spells, and the instigation of other ‘magical’ means. Taken together, the individual contributions to this book illustrate that ancient Greek religion constituted a triangular symbolic system encompassing not just gods and humans, but also animals as a third player and point of reference. Animals in Ancient Greek Religion will be of interest to students and scholars of Greek religion, Greek myth, and ancient religion more broadly, as well as for anyone interested in human/animal relations in the ancient world.
Categories: History