The Strangeness of Gods: Historical Perspectives on the Interpretation of Athenian Religion

Hardcover | December 1, 2004

byS.c. Humphreys

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The Strangeness of Gods combines studies of changes in modern interpretations of Greek religion with studies of changes in Athenian ritual. The combination is necessary in order to combat influential stereotypes: that Greek religion consisted of ritual without theological speculation, thatritual is inherently conservative. To re-examine the evidence for Greek rituals and their interpretation is also to re-examine our own preconceptions and prejudices. The argument presented by S. C. Humphreys tries to bring Greek texts closer to the `classic' texts of other civilizations, andreligion, as a form of speculative thought, closer to science. Her studies of Athenian rituals put this emphasis on changing interpretations into practice, showing that the Athenians thought about their rites as well as celebrating them.

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The Strangeness of Gods combines studies of changes in modern interpretations of Greek religion with studies of changes in Athenian ritual. The combination is necessary in order to combat influential stereotypes: that Greek religion consisted of ritual without theological speculation, thatritual is inherently conservative. To re-examin...

S. C. Humphreys is Professor of Classics and Anthropology at the Central European University, Budapest.

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:410 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.12 inPublished:December 1, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199269238

ISBN - 13:9780199269235

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Table of Contents

1. Classics and Colonialism2. Dynamics of the Greek Breakthrough3. Lycurgus of Boutadai: An Athenian Aristocrat4. A Sense of Agency: Religion in the Attic Demes5. Historicizing Fertility6. Metamorphoses of Tradition: The Athenian Anthesteria