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Civic rites : democracy and religion in ancient Athens

Author: Nancy Evans
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010.
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Civic Rites explores the religious origins of Western democracy by examining the government of fifth-century BCE Athens in the larger context of ancient Greece and the eastern Mediterranean. Deftly combining history, politics, and religion to weave together stories of democracy's first leaders and critics, Nancy Evans gives readers a contemporary's perspective on Athenian society. She vividly depicts the physical  Read more...
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Evans, Nancy, 1963-
Civic rites.
Berkeley : University of California Press, ©2010
(DLC) 2009042190
(OCoLC)449860395
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Nancy Evans
ISBN: 9780520945487 0520945484
OCLC Number: 613205556
Description: 1 online resource (xvi, 272 pages) : illustrations, maps
Contents: Preface --
Introduction / The City of Pericles and Socrates --
Cleisthenes : the family curse behind Athenian democracy --
Athena : religion and the democratic polis --
Pericles : empire and war in the city of Athena --
Demeter : civic worship, women's rites, and the Eleusinian mysteries --
Alcibiades : politics, religion, and the cult of personality --
Dionysus : civic rituals of wine, theater, and transformation --
Socrates : impiety trials in the restored democracy --
Epilogue / The City after Socrates.
Responsibility: Nancy Evans.

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