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Human Sacrifice in Ancient Greece - Dennis D. Hughes

Human Sacrifice in Ancient Greece

Hardcover Published: 25th July 1991
ISBN: 9780415034838
Number Of Pages: 316
For Ages: 18 years old

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Numerous ancient texts describe human sacrifices or other forms of ritual killing: In the "Iliad" Achilles slaughters twelve Trojan captives before the funeral pyre of Patroclus, while many other texts report human sacrifices performed regularly in the cult of the gods or during emergencies such as war and plague. In addition, archeologists have frequently proposed sacrificial rites as an explanation for their discoveries.
The first book-length study of this controversial subject to appear since 1915 and the first ever published in English, "Human Sacrifice in Ancient Greece" examines the written and archeological evidence for the ritual killing of human beings in ancient Greece. The author discusses the evidence for a range of sacrificial practices which collectively suggest a bloody and violent religious life among the ancient Greeks from the Bronze Age well into historical times. At the same time, Hughes presents the skeptical view of such sacrificial interpretations. A valuable synthesis of data and arguments on this controversial subject, "Human Sacrifice in Ancient Greece" offers a fascinating glimpse into the religious thought of the ancient Greeks and into changing modern conceptions of their religious behavior.

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"In sum, Dennis Hughes has written a stimulating, highly useful, and often . . . convincing book. It is certainly a solid and important contribution to the study of ancient Greek religion." -"Journal of the International Plutarch Society

Prefacep. ix
Abbreviationsp. xiii
Sacrifice and Ritual Killing: Terminology and Typesp. 1
Archaeological Evidencep. 13
Funerary Ritual Killing in Greek Literature and Historyp. 49
Human Sacrifice in Greek Myth, Cult, and Historyp. 71
The Pharmakos and Related Ritesp. 139
Strangers in a Strange Land: The Locrian Maiden Tributep. 166
Conclusionp. 185
p. 194
p. 199
Notesp. 203
Bibliographyp. 258
Index Locorump. 278
Subject Indexp. 288
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ISBN: 9780415034838
ISBN-10: 0415034833
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
For Ages: 18 years old
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 316
Published: 25th July 1991
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 22.3 x 14.38  x 3.25
Weight (kg): 0.5
Edition Number: 1