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Prolegomena to the study of Greek religion

Author: Jane Ellen Harrison
Publisher: Princeton, N.J. : Princeton University Press, ©1991.
Series: Mythos (Princeton, N.J.)
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Jane Harrison examines the festivals of ancient Greek religion to identify the primitive "substratum" of ritual and its persistence in the realm of classical religious observance and literature. In Harrison's preface to this remarkable book, she writes that J.G. Frazer's work had become part and parcel of her "mental furniture" and that of others studying primitive religion. Today, those who write on ancient myth or  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jane Ellen Harrison
ISBN: 0691015147 9780691015149
OCLC Number: 22767240
Notes: Reprint, with new introd. Originally published: 3rd ed. Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 1922.
"First Princeton paperback printing, for the Mythos series, 1991"--Title page verso.
Description: xxx, 682 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm.
Contents: Chapter I. Olympian and Chthonic Ritual --
Chapter II. The Anthesteria. The Ritual of Ghosts and Sprites --
Chapter III. Harvest Festivals. The Thargelia, Kallynteria, Plynteria --
Chapter IV. The Women's Festivals. Themsmophoria, Arrephoria, Skirophoria, Stenia, Haloa --
Chapter V. The Demonology of Ghosts, Sprites and Bogeys --
Chapter VI. The Making of a Goddess --
Chapter VII. The Making of a God --
Chapter VIII. Dionysos --
Chapter IX. Orpheus --
Chapter X. Orphic and Dionysiac Mysteries --
Chapter XI. Orphic Eschatology --
Chapter XII. Orphic Cosmogony.
Series Title: Mythos (Princeton, N.J.)
Responsibility: Jane Ellen Harrison.
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