By Daniel Ogden
This significant addition to Blackwell’s partners to the traditional global sequence covers all facets of faith within the old Greek international from the archaic, during the classical and into the Hellenistic period.
Written via a panel of foreign experts.
Focuses on non secular existence because it used to be skilled by way of Greek women and men at various instances and in several places.
Features significant sections on neighborhood non secular platforms, sacred areas and formality, and the divine.
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All have merits, but are ultimately too reductive in their treatment of this polyvalent ritual at the center of Greek society. The significance that, above all, should not be omitted from our understanding of the institution is that which the Greeks themselves gave to it: communication with the gods. In origin, it seems, the Greeks had imagined the gods to be literally sharing in the postsacrificial banquet with them. Their explicit remarks and implicit indications make it clear that for them sacrifice served the tripartite purpose of honoring the gods, expressing gratitude to them, and appealing to them for things needed.
For similar reasons, many classicists have begun to avoid employing the anachronistic term ‘‘Greek’’ when discussing the many disparate Aegean cultures of antiquity and opt instead for more localized and accurate terms such as ‘‘Athenian,’’ ‘‘Spartan,’’ and the like. Given such difficulties, scholars typically have approached the subject of ‘‘Greek religion and the ancient Near East’’ in one of three overlapping ways, each of which depends on the scholar’s definition of religion and view concerning the general comparability of religious traditions.
Zeus is taken by the great theatrical lord, Laurence Olivier, his wife Hera by Olivier’s familiar ‘‘stage wife’’ Claire Bloom, and Aphrodite by the cinematic ‘‘love goddess’’ Ursula Andress, already known for her iconic salute to Aphrodite’s birth from the waves in Dr No. The gods are also distinguished by the clever superimposition of differentiated timetracks: mortal heroes are shown growing to manhood within the span of a brief divine conversation. The ultimate triviality of mortal life to the gods, and their fickleness in interacting with it, is well conveyed by the mortal world’s embodiment in an Olympian chess game or a toy gladiatorial arena.
A Companion to Greek Religion (Blackwell Companions to the Ancient World) by Daniel Ogden