Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture

Hardcover | February 27, 2016

byGeorgia Petridou

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In ancient Greece, epiphanies were embedded in cultural production, and employed by the socio-political elite in both perpetuating pre-existing power-structures and constructing new ones. This volume is the first comprehensive survey of the history of divine epiphany as presented in theliterary and epigraphic narratives of the Greek-speaking world. It demonstrates that divine epiphanies not only reveal what the Greeks thought about their gods; they tell us just as much about the preoccupations, the preconceptions, and the assumptions of ancient Greek religion and culture. In doingso, it explores the deities who were prone to epiphany and the contexts in which they manifested themselves, as well as the functions (narratives and situational) they served, addressing the cultural specificity of divine morphology and mortal-immortal interaction. Divine Epiphany in Greek Literature and Culture re-establishes epiphany as a crucial mode in Greek religious thought and practice, underlines its centrality in Greek cultural production, and foregrounds its impact on both the political and the societal organization of the ancient Greeks.

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In ancient Greece, epiphanies were embedded in cultural production, and employed by the socio-political elite in both perpetuating pre-existing power-structures and constructing new ones. This volume is the first comprehensive survey of the history of divine epiphany as presented in theliterary and epigraphic narratives of the Greek-sp...

Georgia Petridou is a Research Associate at the Max Weber College at the University of Erfurt.
Format:HardcoverDimensions:472 pagesPublished:February 27, 2016Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:019872392X

ISBN - 13:9780198723929

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AcknowledgementsList of FiguresList of AbbreviationsIntroduction1. Divine Morphology2. Epiphanies in Crisis3. Healing Epiphanies: Epiphanies as Diagnostic and Therapeutic Tools4. Dei in Remotis: Epiphany, Solitude, and Divine Inspiration5. Erotic Epiphanies6. Epiphanies in Cult7. Theoxenia Festivals: Playing Host and Guest with the Divine8. Synthesis: Epiphany and its Socio-political FunctionsBibliographyIndex