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Read online Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth Blood sacrifice the ritual slaughter of animals has been basic to religion through history so that it survives in spiritualized form even in Christianity How did this violent phenomenon achieve the status of the sacred This question is examined in Walter Burkert s famous study by Walter Burkert, Peter Bing

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Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth
Title:Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth
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Number of Pages:360
Category:Religion, History, Anthropology, Non fiction, Philosophy, Ancient history
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Violent Origins: Walter Burkert, Ren Girard, and Jonathan Z. Smith on Ritual Killing and Cultural Formation, Greek Religion, Ancient Mystery Cults, Homo Necans: The Anthropology of Ancient Greek Sacrificial Ritual and Myth, Creation of the Sacred: Tracks of Biology in Early Religions, The Orientalizing Revolution: Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age, Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Ritual in Ancient Greece, Lore and Science in Ancient Pythagoreanism, Babylon, Memphis, Persepolis: Eastern Contexts of Greek Culture, Structure & History in Greek Mythology & Ritual (Sather Classical Lecture)
The culture of the ancient Greeks has often been described as emerging like a miracle from a genius of its own owing practically nothing to its neighbours Walter Burkert offers a decisive argument against that view pointing toward a more balanced picture of the archaic period in which under the influence of the Semitic East from writers craftsmen merchants healers Greek culture began its unique flowering soon to assume cultural hegemony in the Mediterranean, 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 br br 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 br br 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, Tantalizingly rich this is a splendid book b Greece and Rome b br Burken relegates his learned documentation to the notes and writes in a lively and fluent style The book is recommended as a major contribution to the interpretation of ancient Greek myth and ritual The breadth alone of Burkert s learning renders his book indispensable b Classical Outlook b br Impressive founded on a striking knowledge of the complex evidence literary epigraphical archaeological comparative for this extensive subject Burkert offers a rare combination of exact scholarship with imagination and even humor A brilliant book in which the reader can see at every point what is going on in the author s mind and that is never uninteresting and rarely unimportant b Times Literary Supplement b br Burkert s work is of such magnitude and depth that it may even contribute to that most difficult of tasks defining myth ritual and religion He locates his work in the context of culture and the historv of ideas and he is not hesitant to draw on sociology and biology Consequently his work is of significance for philosophers historians and even theologians as well as for classicists and historians of Greek culture His hypotheses are courageous and his conclusions are bold both establish standards for methodology as well as results b Religious Studies Review b, 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