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Honor thy gods : popular religion in Greek tragedy

Author: Jon D Mikalson
Publisher: Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1991.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Examines the religious beliefs of forth- and fifth-century Athenians based on Greek tragedies, focusing on plays from Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides, and discussing how each playwright addressed religion in his works, along with the importance of honor in ancient Athenian piety.
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Mikalson, Jon D., 1943-
Honor thy gods.
Chapel Hill : University of North Carolina Press, ©1991
(OCoLC)551523800
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication, Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Jon D Mikalson
ISBN: 0807820059 9780807820056 0807843482 9780807843482
OCLC Number: 23976833
Description: xv, 359 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: 1. Introduction. --
Mythology and popular religion --
The fragments of Greek tragedy --
Irony and interpretation --
The need to particularize --
Tragedy and cult prehistory --
2. The Deities. --
The presence of a God --
Gods and Daimones --
Gods and heroes --
Divine intervention --
3. Challenges to popular religious beliefs. --
Asylum --
Xenia --
Oaths and perjury --
Divination --
Death, burial, and afterlife --
Conclusion --
4. The pious and the impious. --
Creon and Antigone --
Ajax and Odysseus --
Hippolytus --
Pentheus, Teiresias, and Cadmus --
Troy and Athens --
Polyphemus --
Conclusion --
5. Piety and honor. --
Pieties and impieties --
Piety and justice --
Piety, folly, Sophrosyne, and Hybris --
Piety and Tiuń --
6. The tragedians and popular religion. --
Aeschylus --
Sophocles --
Euripides --
Exodos.
Responsibility: Jon D. Mikalson.

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