A Companion to Greek Religion

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Daniel Ogden
John Wiley & Sons, Feb 1, 2010 - History - 520 pages
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A Companion to Greek Religion covers all aspects of religion in the ancient Greek world from the archaic, through the classical, and into the hellenistic period. Each of the volume’s 27 essays is written by an international expert and provides a survey of a particular area that reflects contemporary scholarship. All the contributions place an emphasis on religious life as it was experienced by Greek men and women at different times and in different places. Myth is considered alongside religion throughout.

The Companion opens with a review of the Near Eastern background to Greek religion. There follow major sections on the divine powers, communication with the divine, sacred space and time, local religious systems, social organisation and the family in religion, and mystery cults and magic. Further chapters consider the interaction between religion and art, literature, and philosophy. A closing chapter looks at the treatment of Greek religious themes in the cinema.
  

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Contents

Greek Religion and the Ancient Near East
21
The Gods and the Dead
39
Contents
86
Heroes and HeroCults
100
Prayers and Hymns
117
Greek Normative Animal Sacrifice
132
Divination
145
A Day in the Life of a Greek Sanctuary
163
The Religious System at Alexandria
253
The Religious System in Arcadia
264
Social Organization the Family and Sex
281
Finding Dionysus
327
The Mysteries of Demeter and Kore
342
Magic in Classical and Hellenistic Greece
357
Greek Religion and
371
Greek Religion and Art
398

Purity and Pollution
178
Festivals
190
Time and Greek Religion
204
The Religious System
221
The Religious System at Sparta
236
splanchnaoptai on an altar
412
Cinematic Representations
423
Bibliography
439
Index
477
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Daniel Ogden is Professor of Ancient History at the University of Exeter. He is author of Magic, Witchcraft and Ghosts in the Greek and Roman Worlds (2002), Greek and Roman Necromancy (2001), and Greek Bastardy (1996), and editor of The Hellenistic World: New Perspectives (2002).