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Greek and Roman Animal Sacrifice
Ancient Victims, Modern Observers


Christopher A. Faraone, F. S. Naiden, Bruce Lincoln, Fritz Graf, John Scheid, Richard Neer, Jas Elsner, James Redfield, Albert Henrichs, Clifford Ando
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  • Date Published: April 2018
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9781108456524

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  • The interpretation of animal sacrifice, now considered the most important ancient Greek and Roman religious ritual, has long been dominated by the views of Walter Burkert, the late J.-P. Vernant, and Marcel Detienne. No penetrating and general critique of their views has appeared and, in particular, no critique of the application of these views to Roman religion. Nor has any critique dealt with the use of literary and visual sources by these writers. This book, a collection of essays by leading scholars, incorporates all these subjects and provides a theoretical background for the study of animal sacrifice in an ancient context.

    • Proposes a new view of an important ancient religious ritual
    • Combines Greek and Roman material
    • Includes perspectives from philologists, historians and literary critics
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    'This is an interesting and thought-provoking book that encourages us always to be aware of the limits of our evidence and to ask where our ideas have come from. It renders a service to scholarship in doing so.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    'F. S. Naiden's essay takes up the question of sacrificial commensality, and poses obvious practical questions: how much meat did an animal yield? How many people ate? How much did they get? He doesn't give definite answers to any of these questions, but employs a fascinating range of evidence … making use of the latest studies, Greek and Roman Animal Sacrifice provides a fine introduction to the state of the question.' Christopher S. Faraone, First Things

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    Product details

    • Date Published: April 2018
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9781108456524
    • length: 223 pages
    • dimensions: 230 x 153 x 14 mm
    • weight: 0.35kg
    • contains: 32 b/w illus. 1 table
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    Introduction Christopher A. Faraone and F. S. Naiden
    Part I. Modern Historiography:
    1. From Bergaigne to Meuli: how animal sacrifice became a hot topic Bruce Lincoln
    2. One generation after Burkert and Girard: where are the great theories? Fritz Graf
    Part II. Greek and Roman Practice:
    3. Blessèd are the parasites F. S. Naiden
    4. Roman sacrifice and the system of being John Scheid
    Part III. Visual Representation:
    5. Sacrificing stones: on some sculpture, mostly Athenian Richard Neer
    6. Sacrifice in late Roman art Jas Elsner
    Part IV. Literary Representation:
    7. Animal sacrifice and comedy James Redfield
    8. Animal sacrifice in Greek tragedy: ritual, metaphor, problematizations Albert Henrichs
    Afterword Clifford Ando.

  • Editors

    Christopher A. Faraone, University of Chicago
    Christopher A. Faraone is the Frank Curtis Springer and Gertrude Melcher Springer Professor in the Humanities at the University of Chicago.

    F. S. Naiden, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
    F. S. Naiden is Associate Professor of History at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill.


    Christopher A. Faraone, F. S. Naiden, Bruce Lincoln, Fritz Graf, John Scheid, Richard Neer, Jas Elsner, James Redfield, Albert Henrichs, Clifford Ando

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