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Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion (Esther Eidinow) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2015) 9780199642038
Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion (Esther Eidinow) Hardcover Book, (Oxford University Press, 2015) 9780199642038
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Title: Oxford Handbook of Ancient Greek Religion

Author: Eidinow, Esther

Additional Authors or Contributors: Julia Kindt (eds)

Publisher: Oxford University Press; Publication Date: 2015

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780199642038

Volumes: 1; Pages: 736

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This handbook offers a comprehensive overview of scholarship in ancient Greek religion, from the Archaic to the Hellenistic periods. It presents not only key information, but also explores the ways in which such information is gathered and the different approaches that have shaped the area. In doing so, the volume provides a crucial research and orientation tool for students of the ancient world, and also makes a vital contribution to the key debates surrounding the conceptualization of ancient Greek religion.

The handbook's initial chapters lay out the key dimensions of ancient Greek religion, approaches to evidence, and the representations of myths. The following chapters discuss the continuities and differences between religious practices in different cultures, including Egypt, the Near East, the Black Sea, and Bactria and India. The range of contributions emphasizes the diversity of relationships between mortals and the supernatural - in all their manifestations, across, between, and beyond ancient Greek cultures - and draws attention to religious activities as dynamic, highlighting how they changed over time, place, and context.

Table of Contents

List of Figures

Abbreviations and Conventions

List of Contributors

Introduction Esther Eidinow and Julia Kindt

Part 1: What is Ancient Greek Religion?

1. Unity vs. Diversity?, Robin Osborne

2. Belief vs. Practice?, Tom Harrison

3. Old vs. New?, Emily Kearns

4. Many vs. One?, Vinciane Pirenne Delforge and Gabriella Pironti

Part 2: Types of Evidence

5. Visual Evidence, Milette Gaifman

6. Literary Evidence: Prose, Hannah Willey

7. Literary Evidence: Poetry, Renaud Gagne

8. Epigraphic Evidence, Claire Taylor

9. Material Evidence, Caitlin E. Barrett

10. Papyrology, David Martinez

Part 3: Myths? Contexts and Representations

11. Epic, Richard Martin

12. Art and Imagery, Tanja Scheer

13. Drama, Claude Calame

14. History, Robert Fowler

15. Philosophy, Rick Benitez and Harold Tarrant

Part 4: Where?

16. Temples and Sanctuaries, Mike Scott

17. Households, Families, and Women, Matt Dillon

18. Religion in Communities, Kostas Vlassopoulos

19. Regional Religious Groups, Amphictionies, and Other Leagues, Christy Constantakopoulou

Part 5: How?

20. Religious Expertise, Mike Flower

21. New Gods, Ralph Anderson

22. Impiety, Hugh Bowden

23. 'Sacred Law', Andrej Petrovic

Part 6: Who?

24. Gods: Olympian or Chthonic, Susan Deacy

25. Gods: Origins, Carolina Lopez-Ruiz

26. Heroes: Living or Dead?, Gunnel Ekroth

27. Dead or Alive?, Emanuel Voutiras

28. Daimonic Power, Giulia Sfameni Gasparro

29. Deification: Gods or Men?, Ivana Petrovic

Part 7: What?

30. Prayer and Curse, Henk Versnel

31. Sacrifice, Fred Naiden

32. Oracles and Divination, Sarah Iles Johnston

33. Epiphany, Verity Platt

34. Healing, Fritz Graf

Part 8: When?

35. From Birth to Death: Life-changing Rituals, Sarah Hitch

36. Ritual Cycles: Calendars and Festivals, Jan-Matheiu Carbon

37. Imagining the After-Life, Radcliffe Edmonds III

Part 9: Beyond?

38. Magna Graecia (South Italy and Sicily), Gillian Shepherd

39. The Northern Black Sea: The Case of the Bosporan Kingdom, Maya Muratov

40. The Ancient Near East, Jan Bremmer

41. Greco-Egyptian Religion, Kathrin Kleibl

42. Bactria and India, Rachael Mairs

43. China and Greece: Comparisons and Insights, Lisa Raphals


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