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By Daniel Ogden

ISBN-10: 0470997346

ISBN-13: 9780470997345

This significant addition to Blackwell’s partners to the traditional global sequence covers all facets of faith within the historical Greek global from the archaic, during the classical and into the Hellenistic period.

Written via a panel of foreign experts.
Focuses on spiritual lifestyles because it used to be skilled by means of Greek women and men at diverse instances and in numerous places.
Features significant sections on neighborhood spiritual structures, sacred areas and formality, and the divine.

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These deities were distinctively characterized by wildness and animalian aspects. We can also look to the distinctive structuring of the local pantheons of the Arcadian cities, and in particular to the valuable information that can be gleaned from the epithets applied to the gods in these pantheons. These epithets, whilst often familiar from elsewhere in Greece, could sometimes be interpreted in a distinctively Arcadian fashion. Some epithets intriguingly preserve the memories of lost local deities.

Women presided over the harmony-restoring rites associated with disruptive changes to the composition of the family: birth, marriage, and death. But these changes concerned the state too, and so on these occasions the women again had to become visible as they moved out into the public sphere with their rituals. Women’s rites often formed them into protective circles around the vulnerable individuals in the process of transition, the corpse of the dead person on his way to Hades, the newly arriving bride, and the newborn baby.

But on the whole, Homer’s treatment of rituals tends to be generalized. In addition, the Homeric epics were so well known that they could have influenced the ways in which later rituals were performed, and the ways in which artists and philosophers imagined religion (Mikalson 2004b:211). 26 Scott B. Noegel Another reason why establishing the relationship between Aegean myths and rituals has proven so difficult is that there appears to be little agreement amongst scholars as to how to define ritual (Bremmer 2004; Versnel 1993:16–89).

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