This 1999 book describes 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. It examines local practices and ideas in the light of general Greek ideas. The evidence is literary, inscriptional and archaeological.
This 1999 book is about the religious life of the Greeks from the eighth century BC to the fifth century AD, looked at in the context of a variety of different cities and periods. Simon Price does not describe some abstract and self-contained system of religion or myths but examines local practices and ideas in the light of general Greek ideas, relating them for example, to gender roles and to cultural and political life (including Attic tragedy and the trial of Socrates). He also lays emphasis on the reactions to Greek religions of ancient thinkers - Greek, Roman, Jewish and Christian. The evidence drawn on is of all kinds: literary texts, which are translated throughout; inscriptions, including an appendix of newly translated Greek inscriptions; and archaeology, which is highlighted in the numerous illustrations.
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'A fine addition to Cambridge University Press's Key Themes in Ancient History series, Price's intensive and authoritative survey will go straight to the top of the reading lists.' The Times Literary Supplement ' ... the only brief, up-to-date treatment of Greek religion from a sociological viewpoint widespread in the United States and England, and thus broadens a literature dominated by Continental scholars with different agenda.' Bryn Mawr Classical Review "Price has admirably filled the long-standing need for a concise and up-to-date critical survey of the place of religious practice in Greek society....an exceptionally useful and stimulating book." Choice "This book offers much diverse material for courses on Greek religion, a diversity greater than any comparable resource." Phoenix "Not abstract and self-contained systems of religion or myths, but local practices and ideas of Greek religious life from the eigth century BC to the fifth century AD are what interest Price..." Reference & Research Book News "[a] striking accomplishment." Journal of Religion
Table of Contents
1. Introduction; 2. Gods, myths and festivals; 3. Religious places; 4. Authority, control and crisis; 5. Girls and boys, women and men; 6. Elective cults; 7. Greek thinkers; 8. Reactions to Greek religions.
Religions of the Ancient Greeks by Simon Price
Key Themes in Ancient History
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