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Athenian religion : a history

Author: Robert Parker
Publisher: Oxford : Clarendon Press ; New York : Oxford University Press, 1996.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This book is an attempt to take seriously the cliche that Greek religion is an 'eminently social' phenomenon. It differs from 'Histories of Greek Religion' by focusing on a particular Greek city with particular social structures. It treats a much broader range of phenomena than do books on 'Athenian festivals'. It seeks to bridge the gap that usually divides studies of Greek religion from studies of Greek history
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Robert Parker
ISBN: 0198149794 9780198149798 019815240X 9780198152408
OCLC Number: 32590127
Awards: Winner of Shortlisted for Longman/History Today Book of the Year Award 1996.
Description: xxv, 370 pages : maps ; 24 cm
Contents: Out of the dark age --
Mountain peaks and tombs of heroes --
Solon's calendar --
Archaic priesthood : the problem of the gene --
The sixth century : new splendours annexe : new and updated festivals in the sixth century --
Before and after Clisthenes --
The fifth century : democracy and empire --
The fifth century : new gods annexe : 'foreign' gods --
The trial of Socrates : and a religious crisis? --
The fourth century --
Beyond the death of Alexander.
Responsibility: Robert Parker.
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Tantalizingly little documented, ancient Greek religion is all too often reduced to the dry analysis of archaeological remains. This major new work, by the most prestigious expert on the subject in  Read more...

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