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Religion in the Ancient Greek City

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This book considers how religious beliefs & cultic rituals were given expression in ancient Greece. The chapters cover ritual, then myth, rooting the account in the practices of the classical city while also taking seriously the world of the imagination. For this edition the bibliography has been substantially revised to meet the needs of an English-speaking readership ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published September 18th 2013 by Cambridge University Press (UK) (first published 1989)
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Apr 10, 2012 Vincent rated it it was amazing
Religion in the Ancient Greek City by Louise Bruit Zaidman and Pauline Schmitt Pantel offers to readers what is probably one of the best introductions to Greek polytheism available. Originally published in France, it bears the marks of that country’s historical tradition, that is, it is often theoretical and anthropological in its nature. This, however, only adds to its effectiveness by providing poignant insight and historical context to the information dealt with. The English translation has b ...more
Sep 05, 2014 Dustin rated it it was amazing
Louise Bruit Zaidman and Pauline Schmitt Pantel, Religion in the Ancient Greek City, translated by Paul Cartledge (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2004). Pp. 280. Paperback.

After reading about sacrifices at the ancient Jerusalem Temple, I was curious as to how sacrifices were carried out in the Greek world. To answer this question, I turned to this book, which was one that was on my undergrad syllabus - a class with Prof. Sellew. Outside of Walter Burkert's book, Greek Religion, this seem
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Jan 21, 2015 Mrs. Bunny rated it liked it
Solid introduction to Greek religion with an emphasis placed on understanding it in its original context. There are some sections where the translator stuck to the original French syntax too closely, but overall it's a very interesting book.
Karolína Moravcová
Jan 25, 2014 Karolína Moravcová rated it really liked it
Shamefully Frenchified English translation, though!
Jan 23, 2011 Patrick rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: General audiances interested in Greek religion, introductory college classes, Hellenic neopagans
Shelves: history-pre-476
As an intro text to how Greek religion worked in day-to-day urban life (especially Athens), I don't think the authors really could have done a better job. There aren't any new or shocking revelations, but it is readable, concise, and occasionally funny. There's also a useful list of books that the authors recommend for readers interested in particular topics.
Jul 28, 2011 Sarah rated it it was amazing
One of the best books about Hellenistic religious practices I have ever read. This book takes such a through look at Greek religion - history, gender, culture, class, politics, practices, etc. I highly recommend it to anyone interested in the topic.
Jul 23, 2008 Robyn rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: structuralists who feel unfulfilled by the German school
It does alright. It's as structuralist as anyone needs for a general exam. (Emphasis on "general")...

You also learn to appreciate the moments of irony in the book. Sink or swim, I say.
Oct 18, 2014 Richard rated it it was amazing
"notions of likeness and imitation of an external model, which are basic to our definition of an image, were not fundamental to the greeks."
just think about that statement
Yay! Minneapolis Central has a copy Dewey #: BL785.Z3513 1992
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