Ancient Religions

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Harvard University Press, 2007 - History - 266 pages

Religious beliefs and practices, which permeated all aspects of life in antiquity, traveled well-worn routes throughout the Mediterranean: itinerant charismatic practitioners journeying from place to place peddled their skills as healers, purifiers, cursers, and initiators; and vessels decorated with illustrations of myths traveled with them. New gods encountered in foreign lands by merchants and conquerors were sometimes taken home to be adapted and adopted. This collection of essays by a distinguished international group of scholars, drawn from the groundbreaking reference work Religion in the Ancient World, offers an expansive, comparative perspective on this complex spiritual world.

 

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A grab-bag of short historical and analytic treatments of the major ancient religions. The one on Zoroastrianism is particularly good. Read full review

Contents

VI
3
VII
17
VIII
32
IX
45
X
59
XI
71
XII
84
XIII
98
XX
173
XXI
181
XXII
189
XXIII
197
XXIV
206
XXV
210
XXVI
220
XXVII
225

XIV
112
XV
127
XVI
139
XVII
153
XVIII
155
XIX
165
XXVIII
233
XXIX
241
XXX
253
XXXI
255
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Sarah Iles Johnston is the College of Arts and Sciences Distinguished Professor of Religion and Professor of Classics and Comparative Studies at The Ohio State University.

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