Oxford Readings in Greek Religion

Paperback | October 1, 2000

EditorRichard Buxton

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The study of ancient Greek religion has been excitingly renewed in the last thirty years. Key areas of interest have been: the relationship between religion and politics; new and unexpected perspectives opened up by archaeological finds; the symbiosis between myth and ritual; the role ofgender differences in the practice and perception of religion; conceptual problems raised by the very notion of 'religion'. This volume gathers together challenging papers by many of the most innovative participants in this renewal. Almost all the articles have been revised by their authors and/orprovided with Addenda, to take account of the most recent scholarship. One article has been translated specifically for this collection; another is for the first time provided with illustrations. No single school or style of approach is privileged: the aim is to illustrate a range of possiblemethods which may be adopted in the investigation of this endlessly fascinating material.

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The study of ancient Greek religion has been excitingly renewed in the last thirty years. Key areas of interest have been: the relationship between religion and politics; new and unexpected perspectives opened up by archaeological finds; the symbiosis between myth and ritual; the role ofgender differences in the practice and perception...

Professor Richard Buxton, Professor of Greek Language and Literature, University of Bristol.

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Format:PaperbackPublished:October 1, 2000Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0198721900

ISBN - 13:9780198721901

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Table of Contents

Religion in SocietyWhat is Polis Religion?Further aspects of Polis religionTribes, festivals, and processions: Civic ceremonial and political manipulation in archaic greeceGreek states and Greek oraclesFrom Oedipus to Periander: Lameness, tyranny, incest in legend and historyArchaeology of the SacredDemeter in the ancient Greek city and its countrysideGreek sanctuaries as places of refugeThe archaeology of the heroVotives and votaries in Greek sanctuariesMyths and RitualsJason, Hypsipyle, and New Fire at Lemnos: A study of myth and rutualThe Locrian maidensScapegoat rituals in ancient greeceWomen and sacrifice in classical greeceBoundary DisputesGreek magic, Greek religionMisconceptualizing classical mythology

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`a brilliant survey of the achievements and trends in Greek religion during the last decades'Prof. Dr. Walter Burkert