Religion in the Ancient Greek City

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Religion in the Ancient Greek City

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  • 製本 Hardcover:ハードカバー版/ページ数 278 p.
  • 言語 ENG,ENG
  • 商品コード 9780521412629
  • DDC分類 292.08

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This book is a translation into English of La religion grecque by Louise Bruit Zaidman and Pauline Schmitt Pantel, described by Dr Simon Price as 'an excellent book, by far the best introduction to the subject in any language'. It is the purpose of the book to consider how religious beliefs and cultic rituals were given expression in the world of the Greek citizen - the functions performed by the religious personnel, and the place that religion occupied in individual, social and political life. The chapters cover first ritual and then myth, rooting the account in the practices of the classical city while also taking seriously the world of the imagination. For this edition the bibliography has been substantially revised to meet the needs of a mainly student, English-speaking readership. The book is enriched throughout by illustrations, and by quotations from original sources.

Table of Contents

List of illustrations
Authors' preface
Translator's introduction
List of sources
Part I. Introduction: How Should we Study Greek
Civic Religion?: 1. The necessity of cultural
estrangement
2. Some fundamental notions
3. Sources of evidence
Part II. Cult-Practices: 4. Rituals
5. Religious personnel
6. Places of cult
7. Rites of passage
8. Settings of religious life
9. Religion and political life
10.The festival system: the Athenian case
11.The Panhellenic cults
Part III. System for Representing the Divine:
12. Myths and mythology
13. A polytheistic religion
14. Forms of imaginative projection
Part IV. Envoi: 15. Concluding reflections
Appendixes: I. The classical Greek temple
II. The monuments of the Athenian Akropolis
Bibliography