Themis: A Study of the Social Origins of Greek Religion

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Cambridge University Press, Jun 24, 2010 - History - 604 pages
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Drawing upon a range of disciplines including anthropology, classical studies, archaeology and psychology, Jane Ellen Harrison's seminal 1912 work Themis pieces together the origins of early Greek religion. Known as one of the founders of modern studies in Greek mythology, Harrison has been described by her biographer, Mary Beard, as 'Britain's first female professional 'career academic'. She is renowned as being one of the most intellectual women of her time, and the ideas espoused on Greek rituals and myths in Themis remain influential today. This revolutionary study traces Themis back through history, as a matriarchal tribal goddess. Addressing areas including magic, sacrifice and the origin of the Olympic games, Harrison applies archaeological discoveries to the interpretation of Greek religion. Including a detailed preface and explanatory notes, this revised second edition of 1927 is described by Harrison as 'addressed not so much to the specialist as to the thinker generally'.
 

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Contents

CHAPTER I
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to the Kouretes Its importance for the history of religion Analysis
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Idaean ritual later in character than Diktaean Epimenidea as the new
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CHAPTER IV
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6 MedicineBird and MedicineKing
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sacramental feast Nature of sacrament best understood in the light
118
CHAPTER VI
124
The Dithyramb the Spring Festival and the Hagia Triada
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CHAPTER VIII
260
elements are an Agon a Pathos a Messenger a Threnos an Anagnorisis
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CHAPTER IX
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Herakles as fertility and yeardaimonas Hertnas Thallophoros
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Herois Heroines as fertilitydaimones The Bringing up of Semele
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are honours claimed not functions performed They claim immortalityand
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CHAPTER XL
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religion Social structure of the Olympians is patriarchal and of the family
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de passage from sex to sex and age to age symbolized by interchange
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funeral theory Relation to HeroWorship Pindars account in first
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