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Religions of the Ancient Greeks
This is a book about the religious life of the Greeks from archaic times to the fifth century AD, looked at in the context of a variety of different cities and periods. Simon Price examines local practices and concepts in the light of general Greek ideas, relating them to such issues as gender roles, political life, and the trial of Socrates. He lays emphasis on the reacti ...more
Hardcover, 232 pages
Published June 17th 2004 by Cambridge University Press
(first published June 28th 1999)
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Apr 29, 2016 Rebecca rated it it was amazing · review of another edition
A great overview of the conglomerate of different traditions and ideas that made up what might today generally be called "Ancient Greek religion" - from the different aspects of it, down to how the traditions lived on, and how modern concepts (much formed by how we are used to the Christian traditions) has little or no meaning when dealing with ancient religions (not just Greek, I might add, and not just ancient). The book has a rather scholarly slant, and I like that.
I have two text books for Ancient Greek Religion, one of the history subjects I am studying this semester at uni. I much prefer Price's text for many reasons. He doesn't feel the need to rehash useless bits of information that are part of logic or common knowledge, for one, and he does present a fairly concise but well-versed amount of knowledge and history in his book. It's a book for adults, not children, as the other text's author seems to think.
An interesting read with some good information. The content is largely dominated by the Eleusinian Mysteries, but that's not uncommon when discussing religious beliefs of ancient Greece. I would recommend this to anyone interested in Classical culture.