Greek Religion: Archaic and Classical

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John Wiley & Sons, Jun 6, 2013 - History - 504 pages
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This is the first major synthesis of Greek religion to appear for a generation. A clearly structured and readable survey for classical scholars and students, it will also be generally welcomed as the best modern account of any polytheistic religious system. The text builds up an impressive and coherent picture of the current state of knowledge about the religion of the ancient Greeks.
 

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Scholarly, heavy going - perhaps most useful as a reference than as something to read through from start to finish. Still, belongs on the bookshelf of anyone serious about the subject, I should have thought... Read full review

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Chapter titles suggest Burkert's scope and treatment of the multiple facets of Greek religion, focusing upon the period 800-300 B.C.: Prehistory and the Minoan-Mycenaean Age; Ritual and Sanctuary; The ... Read full review

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
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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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