A Companion to Greek Religion
John Wiley & Sons, Feb 1, 2010 - History - 520 pages
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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Greek Religion and the Ancient Near East
The Gods and the Dead
Heroes and HeroCults
Prayers and Hymns
Greek Normative Animal Sacriﬁce
A Day in the Life of a Greek Sanctuary
The Religious System at Alexandria
The Religious System in Arcadia
Social Organization the Family and Sex
The Mysteries of Demeter and Kore
Magic in Classical and Hellenistic Greece
Greek Religion and
Greek Religion and Art
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