On Greek Religion
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On Greek Religion

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"There is something of a paradox about our access to ancient Greek religion. We know too much, and too little. The materials that bear on it far outreach an individual's capacity to assimilate: so many casual allusions in so many literary texts over more than a millennium, so many direct or indirect references in so many inscriptions from so many places in the Greek world,...more
Paperback, 309 pages
Published February 10th 2011 by Cornell University Press
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I've only skimmed this but it's absolutely amazing. Sets up this very interesting reading of Greek religion, that ritual praxis trumped any knowledge of the gods and that all the philosophizing and mythologizing in the Greek tradition had much, much less value to the average believer than a generally superstitious and perhaps unintellectual attitude to ritual. This is why it's conventional for choruses in tragedy to be very diffident about the nature of the gods and theodicy (see stuff like the...more
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