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Read online Greek Religion.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Greek Religion In this book Walter Burkert the most eminent living historian of ancient Greek religion has produced the standard work for our time on that subject First published in German in it has now been translated into English with the assistance of the author himself A clearly structured and readable survey for students and scholars it will be welcomed as the best modern account of any polytheistic religious system .

Burkert draws on archaeological discoveries insights from other disciplines and inscriptions in Linear B to reconstruct the practices and beliefs of the Minoan Mycenaean age The major part of his book is devoted to the archaic and classical epochs He describes the various rituals of sacrifice and libation and explains Greek beliefs about purification He investigates the inspiration behind the great temples at Olympia Delphi Delos and the Acropolis discussing the priesthood sanctuary and oracles Considerable attention is given to the individual gods the position of the heroes and beliefs about the afterlife The different festivals are used to illuminate the place of religion in the society of the city state The mystery cults at Eleusis and among the followers of Bacchus and Orpheus are also set in that context The book concludes with an assessment of the great classical philosophers attitudes to religion .

Insofar as possible Burkert lets the evidence from literature and legend vase paintings and archaeology speak for itself he elucidates the controversies surrounding its interpretation without glossing over the enigmas that remain Throughout the notes updated for the English language edition afford a wealth of further references as the text builds up its coherent picture of what is known of the religion of ancient Greece by Walter Burkert, John Raffan

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Greek Religion
Title:Greek Religion
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Number of Pages:512
Category:Religion, History, Non fiction, Mythology, Ancient history
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Sacrifice ranging from the sacrifice of virgins to circumcision to giving up what is most valued is essential to all religions Could there be a natural even biological reason for these practices Something that might explain why religions of so many different cultures share so many rituals and concepts In this extraordinary book one of the world s leading authorities on ancient religions explores the possibility of natural religion a religious sense and practice naturally proceeding from biological imperatives br br Because they lack later refinements the earliest religions from the Near East Israel Greece and Rome may tell us a great deal about the basic properties and dynamics of religion and it is to these cultures that Walter Burkert looks for answers His book takes us on an intellectual adventure that begins some years ago and plunges us into a fascinating world of divine signs and omens offerings and sacrifices rituals and beliefs unmitigated by modern science and sophistication Tracing parallels between animal behavior and human religious activity Burkert suggests natural foundations for sacrifices and rituals of escape for the concept of guilt and punishment for the practice of gift exchange and the notion of a cosmic hierarchy and for the development of a system of signs for negotiating with an uncertain environment Again and again he returns to the present to remind us that for all our worldliness we are not so far removed from the first i Homo religiosus i br br A breathtaking journey as entertaining as it is provocative i Creation of the Sacred i brings rich new insight on religious thought past and present and raises serious questions about the ultimate reasons for and the ultimate meaning of human religiousness, No description available, At the distant beginning of Western civilization according to European tradition Greece stands as an insular isolated near miracle of burgeoning culture This book traverses the ancient world s three great centers of cultural exchange Babylonian Nineveh Egyptian Memphis and Iranian Persepolis to situate classical Greece in its proper historical place at the Western margin of a more comprehensive Near Eastern Aegean cultural community that emerged in the Bronze Age and expanded westward in the first millennium B C br br In concise and inviting fashion Walter Burkert lays out the essential evidence for this ongoing reinterpretation of Greek culture In particular he points to the critical role of the development of writing in the ancient Near East from the achievement of cuneiform in the Bronze Age to the rise of the alphabet after B C From the invention and diffusion of alphabetic writing a series of cultural encounters between Oriental and Greek followed Burkert details how the Assyrian influences of Phoenician and Anatolian intermediaries the emerging fascination with Egypt and the Persian conquests in Ionia make themselves felt in the poetry of Homer and his gods in the mythic foundations of Greek cults and in the first steps toward philosophy A journey through the fluid borderlines of the Near East and Europe with new and shifting perspectives on the cultural exchanges these produced this book offers a clear view of the multicultural field upon which the Greek heritage that formed Western civilization first appeared, The foremost historian of Greek religion provides the first comprehensive comparative study of a little known aspect of ancient religious beliefs and practices Secret mystery cults flourished within the larger culture of the public religion of Greece and Rome for roughly a thousand years This book is neither a history nor a survey but a comparative phenomenology Concentrating on five major cults In defining the mysteries and describing their rituals membership organization and dissemination Walter Burkert displays the remarkable erudition we have come to expect of him he also shows sensitivity and sympathy in interpreting the experiences and motivations of the devotees