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Greek religion

Author: Walter Burkert
Publisher: Cambridge Harvard University Press 2006.
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This synthesis of Greek religion aims to provide a structured survey for classical scholars and students, and provides an account of a polytheistic religious system. The text builds up a picture of  Read more...


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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Walter Burkert
ISBN: 0631156240 9780631156246
OCLC Number: 404814331
Notes: Azbuchen pokazalet︠s︡ s. 479-432.
Description: 494 p. 21.
Contents: Introduction.A Survey of Scholarship.The Sources.The Scope of the Study.Part I: Prehistory and the Minoan-Mycenaean Age. 2. The Neolithic and Early Bronze Age.3. Indo-European.4. The Minoan-Mycenaean Religion.5. The Dark Ages and the Problem of Continuity.Part II: Ritual and Sanctuary. 6. 'Working Sacred Things: Animal Sacrifice.7. Gift Offerings and Libation.8. Prayer.9. Purification.10. The Sanctuary.11. Priests.12. The Festival.13. Ecstasy and Divination.Part III: The Gods.14. The Spell of Homer.15. Individual Gods.16. The Remainder of the Pantheon.17. The Special Character of Greek Anthropomorphism.Part IV: The Dead, Heroes, and Chthonic Gods.18. Burial and the Cult of the Dead.19. Afterlife Mythology.20. Olympian and Chthonic.21. The Heroes.22. Figures Who Cross the Chthonic-Olympian Boundary.Part V: Polis and Polytheism.23. Thought Patterns in Greek Polytheism.24. The Rhythm of the Festivals.25. Social Functions of Cult.26. Piety in the Mirror of Greek Language.Part VI: Mysteries and Asceticism.27. Mystery Sanctuaries.28. Bacchica and Orphica.29. Bios.Part VII: Philosophical Religion.30. The New Foundation: Being and the Divine.31. The Crisis: Sophists and Atheists.32. The Deliverance: Cosmic Religion and Metaphysics.33. Philosophical Religion and Polis Religion: Plato's Laws.Notes.Bibliography.Index of Greek Words.Index.
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