Singing for the Gods: Performances of Myth and Ritual in Archaic and Classical Greece

Paperback | December 22, 2011

byBarbara Kowalzig

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Singing for the Gods develops a new approach towards an old question in the study of religion - the relationship of myth and ritual. Focusing on ancient Greek religion, Barbara Kowalzig exploits the joint occurrence of myth and ritual in archaic and classical Greek song-culture. She shows howchoral performances of myth and ritual, taking place all over the ancient Greek world in the early fifth century BC, help to effect social and political change in their own time. Religious song emerges as integral to a rapidly changing society hovering between local, regional, and panhellenicidentities and between aristocratic rule and democracy. Drawing on contemporary debates on myth, ritual, and performance in social anthropology, modern history, and theatre studies, this book establishes Greek religion's dynamic role and gives religious song-culture its deserved place in the studyof Greek history.

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Singing for the Gods develops a new approach towards an old question in the study of religion - the relationship of myth and ritual. Focusing on ancient Greek religion, Barbara Kowalzig exploits the joint occurrence of myth and ritual in archaic and classical Greek song-culture. She shows howchoral performances of myth and ritual, taki...

Barbara Kowalzig is Leverhulme Research Fellow at Royal Holloway, University of London.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.01 inPublished:December 22, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199639507

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Table of Contents

Prelude to the khoros1. Introduction2. Dancing on Delos3. New Tunes in Musical Argos: Mapping out the Argolid in Cultic Song4. Locality and Panhellenism: Aiginetan Myth and Delphic Ritual5. Returning to the Beginning: Insular Identity on Fifth-Century Rhodes6. Aetiology Overseas: From Epic to Ethnic Identity in Megale Hellas7. Who were the Boiotians? Myths of Migration in RitualEpilogue

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`Anyone with an interest in Greek religion or choral poetry will have to consult this study. Its richness lies in its cumulative detail and its bringing together of literary, historical, anthropological and archeological evidence to contextualize the dynamics of cultic performance throughoutthe Greek world.' Jenny Strauss Clay Religious Studies Review