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Animal Sacrifice in the Ancient Greek World

Animal Sacrifice in the Ancient Greek World


Sarah Hitch, Ian Rutherford, Gunnel Ekroth, Jennifer Larson, Alexandra Villing, Stella Georgoudi, Fred Naiden, Mathieu Carbon, Oliver Thomas, Anja Kloeckner, Richard Seaford, Alice Mouton, Sergio Knipe
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  • Date Published: May 2020
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108820202

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  • This volume brings together studies on Greek animal sacrifice by foremost experts in Greek language, literature and material culture. Readers will benefit from the synthesis of new evidence and approaches with a re-evaluation of twentieth-century theories on sacrifice. The chapters range across the whole of antiquity and go beyond the Greek world to consider possible influences in Hittite Anatolia and Egypt, while an introduction to the burgeoning science of osteo-archaeology is provided. The twentieth-century emphasis on sacrifice as part of the Classical Greek polis system is challenged through consideration of various ancient perspectives on sacrifice as distinct from specific political or even Greek contexts. Many previously unexplored topics are covered, particularly the type of animals sacrificed and the spectrum of sacrificial ritual, from libations to lasting memorials of the ritual in art.

    • Provides new approaches to and research data specifically on Greek sacrifice
    • Adopts an interdisciplinary approach with contributions from experts in language, literature and material culture
    • Challenges existing methodologies and explores many new topics
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    • Date Published: May 2020
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108820202
    • length: 350 pages
    • dimensions: 155 x 230 x 15 mm
    • weight: 0.51kg
    • contains: 24 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Sarah Hitch and Ian Rutherford
    Part I. Victims:
    1. Bare bones: zooarchaeology and Greek sacrifice Gunnel Ekroth
    2. Venison for Artemis? The problem of deer sacrifice Jennifer Larson
    3. Don't kill the goose that lays the golden egg? Some thoughts on bird sacrifices in ancient Greece Alexandra Villing
    Part II. Procedure:
    4. Sacrifice and purification in the Greek world Stella Georgoudi
    5. 'Polis religion' and sacrificial regulation Fred Naiden
    6. Meaty perks: epichoric and topological trends Mathieu Carbon
    Part III. Representation:
    7. Sacrifice and the Homeric hymn to Hermes 112-41 Oliver Thomas
    8.. Visualising veneration? Images of sacrifice on Greek votive reliefs Anja Kloeckner
    9. Sacrifice in drama: the flow of liquids Richard Seaford
    Part IV. Margins:
    10. Animal sacrifice in Hittite Anatolia Alice Mouton
    11. The reception of Egyptian animal sacrifice in Greek writers: ethnic stereotyping or transcultural discourse? Ian Rutherford
    12. A quiet slaughter? Julian and the etiquette of public sacrifice Sergio Knipe.

  • Editors

    Sarah Hitch, Corpus Christi College, Oxford
    Sarah Hitch has held a Leverhulme Early Career Fellowship at Corpus Christi College where she is now the Associate Director of the Centre for the Study of Greek and Roman Antiquity. She has researched and published widely on various aspects of Greek religion.

    Ian Rutherford, University of Reading
    Ian Rutherford is Professor of Greek at the University of Reading. He is one of the foremost experts on ancient religion and has published widely on the topic, including his recent monograph State Pilgrims and Sacred Observers in Ancient Greece (Cambridge, 2013).


    Sarah Hitch, Ian Rutherford, Gunnel Ekroth, Jennifer Larson, Alexandra Villing, Stella Georgoudi, Fred Naiden, Mathieu Carbon, Oliver Thomas, Anja Kloeckner, Richard Seaford, Alice Mouton, Sergio Knipe

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