Greek Religion: Archaic and Classical

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 6, 2013 - History - 504 pages

"Greek Religion . . . already has the standing of a classic, and the publication of an English version, which incorporates new material and is in effect a second edition, demands a toast . . . Anyone who pretends to survey Greek religion must be phenomenally learned. Burkert is. His book is a marvel of professional scholarship."
London Review of Books

"This book has established itself as a masterpiece, packed with learning but also rich in ideas and connections of every sort. Its appearance in a good English translation is an event not only for Hellenists but for all those interested in the study of religion . . . nobody else could have produced an account of the subject of comparable range and power. This will be the best history of Greek religion for this generation."
New York Review of Books

Cover illustration: detail from an Attic vase, 450 B.C., showing a victory sacrifice (The Mansell Collection).

 

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Contents

Gift Offerings and Libation 3 Prayer
Purification
The Sanctuary
Priests
The Festival
Ecstasy and Divination
Ill The Gods 1 The Spell of Homer
Individual Gods

Bacchica and Orphica
Vll Philosophical Religion
Notes
The MinoanMycenaean Religion
The Dark Age and the Problem of Continuity
Animal Sacrifice
The Remainder of the Pantheon
The Special Character of Greek Anthropomorphism
Bibliography
Index of Greek Words
Copyright

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About the author (2013)

Walter Burkert was a German scholar of Greek mythology and cult. A professor of classics at the University of Zurich, Switzerland, he taught in the UK and the US. John Raffan is the author of Greek Religion: Archaic and Classical, published by Wiley.

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