Greek and Roman Animal Sacrifice: Ancient Victims, Modern Observers
The interpretation of animal sacrifice, now considered the most important ancient Greek and Roman religious ritual, has long been dominated by the views of Walter Burkert, the late J.-P. Vernant, and Marcel Detienne. No penetrating and general critique of their views has appeared and, in particular, no critique of the application of these views to Roman religion. Nor has any critique dealt with the use of literary and visual sources by these writers. This book, a collection of essays by leading scholars, incorporates all these subjects and provides a theoretical background for the study of animal sacrifice in an ancient context.
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2nd edn Aegisthus Aeschylus Agamemnon Alcamenes altar ancient animal sacriﬁce Athenian Athens Bataille blood sacriﬁce bones butchering Caillois Cambridge cattle central Chicago Christian Classical College of Sociology comedy cuisine cult culture Detienne discussion Dumézil Dura-Europos eating Elsner essay evidence example Faunal Remains feasting festival ﬁgure ﬁnd ﬁre ﬁrst ﬁve forequarters Georges Bataille Georges Dumézil Girard goat gods Graf Greece Greek sacriﬁce Greek tragedy hecatomb Hesiod Homeric Homo Necans human sacriﬁce identiﬁed imagery images inﬂuence inscription Jean-Pierre Vernant killing of animals libation LSCG Mauss meal meat Meuli murder Myth Naiden offerings ofﬁcial ofsacriﬁce ofthe pagan Palmyrene Panathenaea Paris Parthenon priest Procne reﬂected religious René Girard representation Richard Neer rites ritual killing Roman religion Rome sacred sacriﬁcial animals sacriﬁcial practice sacriﬁcial ritual scene Scheid scholars Sculpture Severan sheep signiﬁcant slaughter social speciﬁc temple theory of sacriﬁce third century tragic Vernant visual Walter Burkert