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Ancient Greek Cults: A Guide

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Using archaeological, epigraphic, and literary sources; and incorporating current scholarly theories, this volume will serve as an excellent companion to any introduction to Greek mythology, showing a side of the Greek gods to which most students are rarely exposed.

Detailed enough to be used as a quick reference tool or text, and providing a readable account focusing on th
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ebook, 320 pages
Published May 1st 2007 by Routledge (first published January 1st 2007)
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Alford Wayman
Anyone familiar with Hesiod and the Homeric literature will find this little book an excellent addition to learning about the religious rituals, theology, hero worship, and cultic practices of the Greeks. The author also brings to light many practices and societies that are spoken little of in literature but according to archeology, played an important role Greek society. It would be recommended to read Herodotus, Plutarch, Euripides and Pausanias. Over all an enjoyable read in textbook format w ...more
Zach
I love this book. Well researched, eminently readable, and fun for people with any level of experience with Greek mythology.
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“this interpretation of certain Mesopotamian cultic functionaries has been vigorously criticized as a scholarly construct, overly reliant on nineteenth-century assumptions about "fertility cult" in the ancient Near East. While the vast textual evidence from cuneiform tablets reveals a bewilderingly large variety of female cultic personnel, some of whom are regularly mentioned alongside prostitutes or in contexts that hint of sexuality, they offer no clear-cut example of a "cultic prostitute," and it is likely that this conceptual category simply does not correspond to the more nuanced and complex roles of Mesopotamian women in relation to their goddesses.20” 0 likes
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