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Greek Religion : New Surveys in the Classics - Jan N. Bremmer

Greek Religion

New Surveys in the Classics

Paperback Published: 15th December 2004
ISBN: 9780199220731
Number Of Pages: 132

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In this brief but highly informative book Jan Bremmer presents an outline of Greek religion in the classical period. After a survey of its main characteristics, he offers a clear and innovative view of the great gods and heroes as well as their sanctuaries and also the main myths, rituals and mysteries: from Athena to Zeus, from sacrifice to the puritan Orphics, from the Indo-European roots to the influence of the ancient Near East. The approach pays attention to the sociological, anthropological and psychological aspects of Greek religion and also to the gender roles. By analyzing the often modern origin of many of the notions employed in the analysis of Greek religion, it also shows the difference between the polytheism of the Greeks and the place of religion in modern Western society. Its excellent bibliography makes this book a very useful tool for students and teachers alike.

List of illustrations
Introduction: general characteristics
Appendix: the Genesis of Greek Religion Addenda (1999)
About the author
Index of names, subjects and passages
Table of Contents provided by Publisher. All Rights Reserved.

ISBN: 9780199220731
ISBN-10: 0199220735
Series: New Surveys in the Classics
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 132
Published: 15th December 2004
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.8 x 15.2  x 1.0
Weight (kg): 0.2