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Zeus : Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World - Ken Dowden


Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World

Paperback Published: 9th December 2005
ISBN: 9780415305037
Number Of Pages: 192

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Sovereign ruler of the universe, controller of the weather, all-seeing father of gods and men: Zeus was the chief deity of the ancient Greek pantheon. His places of worship ranged from the household to Olympia, the greatest of all sanctuaries. His significance is reflected in the many chapters dedicated to him in books on Greek religion and myth but this is the first attempt to capture him in the round, in a single volume, for many years.
In a study that is at once masterly and comprehensive, Ken Dowden presents a study of this fascinating god for the new millennium. Myth, cult, art and art are examined, as are philosophy, drama, theology, European painting and much more. Not only is the period of the ancient Greeks covered but that of their predecessors, and above all that of their successors, the Romans. The importance of Zeus in the medieval period and modern times is discussed in a revealing section on reception.
The book contains many and varied illustrations, charts and maps and provides a thorough and accessible, as well as scholarly, introduction to the chief god in the Greek pantheon.

'[This book] fizzes with ideas on every page' - The Anglo-Hellenic Review

"[Dowden's] careful presentation and analysis of the previous large bibliography makes this book a good introduction even to the study of ancient religion. Good illustrations add to its appeal. [This] is the best introduction to his image and cult"-Oxford Bibliographies Online

Series forewordp. ix
List of mapsp. xiii
List of illustrations and creditsp. xv
Prefacep. xix
Chronological tablep. xxiii
Map of Greece and its regionsp. xxvi
Why Zeus?p. 1
Introducting Zeusp. 3
The evidence for Zeusp. 4
Explaining Zeusp. 8
Overview: first impressions of Zeusp. 16
Key Themesp. 19
Envisaging Zeusp. 21
Overviewp. 27
Zeus's Relationships with Gods and Mortalsp. 28
Zeus in the Bronze Agep. 28
Father, brother, husbandp. 29
Zeus born and dyingp. 32
Titanomachy, Typhon, Gigantomachyp. 35
The sexual activity of Zeusp. 39
Overviewp. 52
Zeus from Weather to Fatep. 54
Weather, lightningp. 54
The mountainp. 57
Control of time and eventsp. 61
Overviewp. 64
Zeus and the Order of Societyp. 65
Athensp. 65
Zeus centralp. 67
Kings and the justice of Zeusp. 72
Historical kingsp. 76
The needs of outsiders: stranger, suppliant, oathp. 78
Zeus in the home: praying, drinking and swearingp. 80
Overviewp. 84
Thinking About Zeusp. 86
The vision of Homer, and the archaic poetsp. 86
The Presocratic thinkersp. 91
The tragic stagep. 92
Zeus in Plato and Aristotlep. 95
Some Hellenistic poetsp. 97
Stoics and others: allegory and euhemerismp. 99
Syncretismp. 106
Greek Thought about Roman Jupiterp. 108
Overviewp. 112
Zeus Afterwardsp. 115
Phases of Historyp. 117
Christianity terminates Zeus?p. 118
Jupiter in Western Europe 500-1200p. 120
1200s, 1300s: renaissance before the Renaissancep. 123
Zeus and the Renaissancep. 128
Twilight of the Godsp. 134
Notesp. 137
Further readingp. 144
Works citedp. 147
Abbreviationsp. 150
Index of personal and geographical namesp. 152
Index of subjectsp. 161
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ISBN: 9780415305037
ISBN-10: 0415305039
Series: Gods and Heroes of the Ancient World
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 192
Published: 9th December 2005
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.91 x 13.11  x 1.09
Weight (kg): 0.21
Edition Number: 1