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Polytheism and society at Athens

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A scholarly text, with copious footnotes and appendices. As the blurb puts it – “This book is a thematic study of religion as practiced (in the main) in the fifth and fourth centuries, the period for which documentation is at its richest.” This book is the first attempt that has ever been made to give a comprehensive account of the religious life of ancient Athens. The city's many festivals are discussed in detail, with attention to recent anthropological theory; so too, for instance, are the cults of households and of smaller groups, the role of religious practice and argumentation in public life, the authority of priests, the activities of religious professionals such as seers and priestesses, magic, the place of theatrical representations of the gods within public attitudes to the divine. A long final section considers the sphere of activity of the various gods, and takes Athens as a uniquely detailed test case for the structuralist approach to polytheism.

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Author(s):
Robert Parker
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24.5 x 15.5 cm approx
Edition:
2007
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0199216118
ISBN-13:
9780199216116
Number of pages:
544
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

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A scholarly text, with copious footnotes and appendices. As the blurb puts it – “This book is a thematic study of religion as practiced (in the main) in the fifth and fourth centuries, the period for which documentation is at its richest.” This book is the first attempt that has ever been made to give a comprehensive account of the religious life of ancient Athens. The city's many festivals are discussed in detail, with attention to recent anthropological theory; so too, for instance, are the cults of households and of smaller groups, the role of religious practice and argumentation in public life, the authority of priests, the activities of religious professionals such as seers and priestesses, magic, the place of theatrical representations of the gods within public attitudes to the divine. A long final section considers the sphere of activity of the various gods, and takes Athens as a uniquely detailed test case for the structuralist approach to polytheism.

Oxford University Press paperback in as new condition.

Author(s):
Robert Parker
Condition:
Used: very good
Dimensions:
24.5 x 15.5 cm approx
Edition:
2007
Format:
Paperback
ISBN-10:
0199216118
ISBN-13:
9780199216116
Number of pages:
544
Publisher:
Oxford University Press

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