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Religion in the Ancient Greek City

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  • Date Published: October 1992
  • availability: Available
  • format: Hardback
  • isbn: 9780521412629

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  • This book is an English translation of the French work La Religion Grecque. Its purpose is to consider how religious beliefs and cultic rituals were given expression in ancient Greece. The chapters cover first ritual and then myth, rooting the account in the practices of the classical city while also taking seriously the world of the imagination. For this edition the bibliography has been substantially revised to meet the needs of a mainly student, English-speaking readership. The book is enriched throughout by illustrations, and by quotations from original sources.

    • The market is wide-open for an introductory book on Greek religion - only other is our Easterling and Muir: Greek religion and society (1985/PB 9780521287852)
    • The translator, Paul Cartledge, is himself a Greek scholar and has produced more of a second edition than a straight translation
    • The French edition has been described as 'an excellent book, by far the best introduction to the subject in any language'
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    Reviews & endorsements

    "The book is methodologically sophisticated and can be recommended to anyone wishing to be brought up to date in the field of Greek religion." Journal of the American Academy of Religion

    "...brims with enthusiasm for the subject and for current theoretical approaches." Jon D. Mikalson, Bryn Mawr Classical Review

    " up-to-date, concise and readable textbook, which brings to the English-speaking general reader a synthesis of much of the past thirty years' work of the 'Paris School' of classical studies....The translation is lively, but sacrifices none of the theoretical rigour of the text....This is a challenging, absorbing study, to be recommended to anyone with an interest in the history of religion." Helen King, Times Literary Supplement

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    Product details

    • Date Published: October 1992
    • format: Hardback
    • isbn: 9780521412629
    • length: 308 pages
    • dimensions: 216 x 140 x 21 mm
    • weight: 0.54kg
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    List of illustrations
    Authors' preface
    Translator's introduction
    List of sources
    Part I. Introduction: How Should we Study Greek Civic Religion?:
    1. The necessity of cultural estrangement
    2. Some fundamental notions
    3. Sources of evidence
    Part II. Cult-Practices:
    4. Rituals
    5. Religious personnel
    6. Places of cult
    7. Rites of passage
    8. Settings of religious life
    9. Religion and political life
    10.The festival system: the Athenian case
    11.The Panhellenic cults
    Part III. System for Representing the Divine:
    12. Myths and mythology
    13. A polytheistic religion
    14. Forms of imaginative projection
    Part IV. Envoi:
    15. Concluding reflections
    Appendixes: I. The classical Greek temple
    II. The monuments of the Athenian Akropolis
    Index and glossary.

  • Instructors have used or reviewed this title for the following courses

    • Ancient Cities
    • Ancient Paganism
    • Greco-Roman Religion
    • Issues in Western European History: From the Druids to Delphi: Religion and Society in Ancient Europe
  • Authors

    Louise Bruit Zaidman, Université de Paris VII (Denis Diderot)

    Pauline Schmitt Pantel, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens


    Paul Cartledge, University of Cambridge

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