The Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion

Hardcover | November 1, 2015

EditorEsther Eidinow, Julia Kindt

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This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship in ancient Greek religion, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. It presents not only key information, but also explores the ways in which such information is gathered and the different approaches that have shaped the area. Indoing so, the volume provides a crucial research and orientation tool for students of the ancient world, and also makes a vital contribution to the key debates surrounding the conceptualization of ancient Greek religion.The handbook's initial chapters lay out the key dimensions of ancient Greek religion, approaches to evidence, and the representations of myths. The following chapters discuss the continuities and differences between religious practices in different cultures, including Egypt, the Near East, the BlackSea, and Bactria and India. The range of contributions emphasizes the diversity of relationships between mortals and the supernatural - in all their manifestations, across, between, and beyond ancient Greek cultures - and draws attention to religious activities as dynamic, highlighting how theychanged over time, place, and context.

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This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship in ancient Greek religion, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. It presents not only key information, but also explores the ways in which such information is gathered and the different approaches that have shaped the area. Indoing so, the volume provides a crucial res...

Esther Eidinow is Assistant Professor in Ancient Greek History at the University of Nottingham. Julia Kindt is Associate Professor in the Department of Classics and Ancient History at the University of Sydney.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:736 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.69 inPublished:November 1, 2015Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

List of FiguresAbbreviations and ConventionsList of ContributorsEsther Eidinow and Julia Kindt: IntroductionPart 1: What is Ancient Greek Religion?1. Robin Osborne: Unity vs. Diversity?2. Tom Harrison: Belief vs. Practice?3. Emily Kearns: Old vs. New?4. Vinciane Pirenne Delforge and Gabriella Pironti: Many vs. One?Part 2: Types of Evidence5. Milette Gaifman: Visual Evidence6. Hannah Willey: Literary Evidence: Prose7. Renaud Gagne: Literary Evidence: Poetry8. Claire Taylor: Epigraphic Evidence9. Caitlin E. Barrett: Material Evidence10. David Martinez: PapyrologyPart 3: Myths? Contexts and Representations11. Richard Martin: Epic12. Tanja Scheer: Art and Imagery13. Claude Calame: Drama14. Robert Fowler: History15. Rick Benitez and Harold Tarrant: PhilosophyPart 4: Where?16. Mike Scott: Temples and Sanctuaries17. Matt Dillon: Households, Families, and Women18. Kostas Vlassopoulos: Religion in Communities19. Christy Constantakopoulou: Regional Religious Groups, Amphictionies, and Other LeaguesPart 5: How?20. Mike Flower: Religious Expertise21. Ralph Anderson: New Gods22. Hugh Bowden: Impiety23. Andrej Petrovic: 'Sacred Law'Part 6: Who?24. Susan Deacy: Gods: Olympian or Chthonic25. Carolina Lopez-Ruiz: Gods: Origins26. Gunnel Ekroth: Heroes: Living or Dead?27. Emanuel Voutiras: Dead or Alive?28. Giulia Sfameni Gasparro: Daimonic Power29. Ivana Petrovic: Deification: Gods or Men?Part 7: What?30. Henk Versnel: Prayer and Curse31. Fred Naiden: Sacrifice32. Sarah Iles Johnston: Oracles and Divination33. Verity Platt: Epiphany34. Fritz Graf: HealingPart 8: When?35. Sarah Hitch: From Birth to Death: Life-changing Rituals36. Jan-Matheiu Carbon: Ritual Cycles: Calendars and Festivals37. Radcliffe Edmonds III: Imagining the After-LifePart 9: Beyond?38. Gillian Shepherd: Magna Graecia (South Italy and Sicily)39. Maya Muratov: The Northern Black Sea: The Case of the Bosporan Kingdom40. Jan Bremmer: The Ancient Near East41. Kathrin Kleibl: Greco-Egyptian Religion42. Rachael Mairs: Bactria and India43. Lisa Raphals: China and Greece: Comparisons and InsightsIndex