Ancient Greek Religion

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John Wiley & Sons, Jul 27, 2009 - Religion - 256 pages
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Ancient Greek Religion provides an introduction to the fundamental beliefs, practices, and major deities of Greek religion.
  • Focuses on Athens in the classical period
  • Includes detailed discussion of Greek gods and heroes, myth and cult, and vivid descriptions of Greek religion as it was practiced
  • Ancient texts are presented in boxes to promote thought and discussion, and abundant illustrations help readers visualize the rich and varied religious life of ancient Greece
  • Revised edition includes additional boxed texts and bibliography, an 8-page color plate section, a new discussion of the nature of Greek “piety,” and a new chapter on Greek Religion and Greek Culture
 

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Contents

Greek Sanctuaries and Worship
1
Greek Gods Heroes and Polytheism
31
Seven Greek Cult Myths
53
Five Major Greek Cults
67
Religion in the Greek Family and Village
123
Religion of the Greek CityState
149
Greek Religion and the Individual
169
Greek Religion in the Hellenistic Period
185
Greek Religion and Greek Culture
205
Glossary of recurring Greek terms
227
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Jon D. Mikalson is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia. In 1968-1969 he was a Fellow and in 1994-1995 a Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. His books include Athenian Popular Religion (1983), Honor Thy Gods: Popular Religion in Greek Tragedy (1991), Religion in Hellenistic Athens (1998), and Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars (2002).

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