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Animal sacrifice in the ancient Greek world

Author: Sarah Hitch; Ian Rutherford
Publisher: Cambridge, United Kingdom : Cambridge University Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"This volume brings together studies on Greek animal sacrifice by foremost experts in Greek language, literature and material culture. Readers will benefit from the synthesis of new evidence and approaches with a re-evaluation of twentieth-century theories on sacrifice. The chapters range across the whole of antiquity and go beyond the Greek world to consider possible influences in Hittite Anatolia and Egypt, while
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Genre/Form: History
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Sarah Hitch; Ian Rutherford
ISBN: 9780521191036 0521191033
OCLC Number: 974846799
Description: ix, 340 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: Introduction / Sarah Hitch, Fred Naiden and Ian Rutherford --
Part I. Victims. Bare Bones : Zooarchaeology and Greek Sacrifice / Gunnel Ekroth --
Venison for Artemis? : The Problem of Deer Sacrifice / Jennifer Larson --
Don't Kill the Goose that Lays the Golden Egg? : Some Thoughts on Bird Sacrifices in Ancient Greece / Alexandra Villing --
Part II. Procedure. Reflections on Sacrifice and Purification in the Greek World / Stella Georgoudi --
"Polis Religion" and Sacrificial Regulation / Fred Naiden --
Meaty Perks : Epichoric and Topological Trends / Jan-Mathieu Carbon --
Part III. Representation. Sacrifice and the Homeric Hymn to Hermes 112-41 / Oliver Thomas --
Visualising Veneration : Images of Animal Sacrifice on Greek Votive Reliefs / Anja Klöckner --
Sacrifice in Drama : The Flow of Liquids / Richard Seaford --
Part IV. Margins. Animal Sacrifice in Hittite Anatolia / Alice Mouton --
The Reception of Egyptian Animal Sacrifice in Greek Writers : Ethnic Stereotyping or Transcultural Discourse? / Ian Rutherford --
A Quiet Slaughter? : Julian and the Etiquette of Public Sacrifice / Sergio Knipe.
Responsibility: edited by Sarah Hitch, Corpus Christi College, Oxford, Ian Rutherford, University of Reading.

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This volume draws together the current work of archaeologists, historians and experts in Greek literature and art to re-examine the role of animal sacrifice in Greek life across the Mediterranean,  Read more...

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