Animal Sacrifice in the Ancient Greek World

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Sarah Hitch, Ian Rutherford
Cambridge University Press, Aug 24, 2017 - History - 348 pages
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This volume brings together studies on Greek animal sacrifice by foremost experts in Greek language, literature and material culture. Readers will benefit from the synthesis of new evidence and approaches with a re-evaluation of twentieth-century theories on sacrifice. The chapters range across the whole of antiquity and go beyond the Greek world to consider possible influences in Hittite Anatolia and Egypt, while an introduction to the burgeoning science of osteo-archaeology is provided. The twentieth-century emphasis on sacrifice as part of the Classical Greek polis system is challenged through consideration of various ancient perspectives on sacrifice as distinct from specific political or even Greek contexts. Many previously unexplored topics are covered, particularly the type of animals sacrificed and the spectrum of sacrificial ritual, from libations to lasting memorials of the ritual in art.
 

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Contents

Zooarchaeology and Greek Sacrifice
15
Venison for Artemis? The Problem of Deer Sacrifice
48
Dont Kill the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg? Some
63
Reflections on Sacrifice and Purification in the Greek World
105
Polis Religion and Sacrificial Regulation
136
Epichoric and Topological Trends
151
Sacrifice and the Homeric Hymn to Hermes 11241
181
The Flow of Liquids
223
Animal Sacrifice in Hittite Anatolia
239
A Quiet Slaughter? Julian and the Etiquette of Public Sacrifice
267
Bibliography
284
Index locorum
327
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Sarah Hitch has held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Corpus Christi College where she is now the Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity. She has researched and published widely on various aspects of Greek religion.

Ian Rutherford is Professor of Greek at the University of Reading. He is one of the foremost experts on ancient religion and has published widely on the topic, including his recent monograph State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece (Cambridge, 2013).

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