Greek and Roman Festivals: Content, Meaning, and Practice

Hardcover | September 30, 2012

EditorJ. Rasmus Brandt, Jon W. Iddeng

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Festivals were the heartbeat of Greek and Roman society and fulfilled significant roles in its social and political organization and within its institutions. Setting the rhythm of the year, festivals were a common denominator for a wide-ranging series of phenomena that concerned a large areaof social relationships: social and political processes were formed, maintained, altered, and sanctioned through religious celebrations, as well as uniting the populace in common acts centred on common symbols. The study of religious festivals and the fundamental social functions which they filledcan significantly expand our insights into understanding the Greco-Roman world, the social processes it went through, and the symbols it used.Greek and Roman Festivals addresses the multi-faceted and complex nature of Greco-Roman festivals and analyses the connections that existed between them, as religious and social phenomena, and the historical dynamics that shaped them. The volume contains twelve articles which form aninterdisciplinary perspective of classical scholarship, ranging from archaeology, history, and history of religions, to philology.

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Festivals were the heartbeat of Greek and Roman society and fulfilled significant roles in its social and political organization and within its institutions. Setting the rhythm of the year, festivals were a common denominator for a wide-ranging series of phenomena that concerned a large areaof social relationships: social and political...

J. Rasmus Brandt is Professor in Classical Archaeology at the University of Oslo. He has participated and directed excavations in Norway, Cyprus, Italy, and at present in Turkey. He has published widely on both Greek and Roman archaeology and has directed two research projects financed by the Norwegian Research Council. Jon W. Iddeng ...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:424 pagesPublished:September 30, 2012Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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AcknowledgementsAbbreviationsList of FiguresJ. Rasmus Brandt and Jon W. Iddeng: Introduction: Some Concepts of Ancient Festivals1. Jon W. Iddeng: What is a Greco-Roman Festival? A Polythetic Approach2. Walter Burkert: Ancient Views on Festival: A Case of Near Eastern Mediterranean Koine3. Synnove des Bouvrie: Greek Festivals and the Ritual Process: An Inquiry into the Olympia-cum-Heraia and the Dionysia4. Gunnel Ekroth: Pelops Joins the Party: Transformations of a Hero Cult within the Festival at Olympia5. J. Rasmus Brandt: Content and Form: Some Considerations on Greek Festivals and Archaeology6. Jenifer Neils: The Political Process in the Public Festival: The Panathenaic Festival of Athens7. Scott Scullion: Talking of Festival: The Status of Choruses and Choregia8. Kostas Buraselis: Appended Festival: The Coordination and Combination of Traditional Civic and Ruler Cult Festivals in the Hellenistic and Roman East9. Christopher Smith: The Feriae Latinae10. John Scheid: The Festivals of the Forum Boarium Area: Reflections on the Construction of Complex Representations of Roman Identity11. Jorg Rupke: Public and Publicity: Long-Term Changes in Religious Festivals during the Roman Republic12. Mary Beard: The Cult of the Great Mother in Imperial Rome: The Roman and the ForeignGeneral Index