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Read online Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Ritual in Ancient Greece.pdf PDF, EPUB, MOBI, TXT, DOC Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Ritual in Ancient Greece We often think of classical Greek society as a model of rationality and order Yet as Walter Burkert demonstrates in these influential essays on the history of Greek religion there were archaic savage forces surging beneath the outwardly calm face of classical Greece whose potentially violent and destructive energies Burkert argues were harnessed to constructive ends through the interlinked uses of myth and ritual .

For example in a much cited essay on the Athenian religious festival of the Arrephoria Burkert uncovers deep connections between this strange nocturnal ritual in which two virgin girls carried sacred offerings into a cave and later returned with something given to them there and tribal puberty initiations by linking the festival with the myth of the daughters of Kekrops Other chapters explore the origins of tragedy in blood sacrifice the role of myth in the ritual of the new fire on Lemnos the ties between violence the Athenian courts and the annual purification of the divine image and how failed political propaganda entered the realm of myth at the time of the Persian Wars by Walter Burkert, Peter Bing

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Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Ritual in Ancient Greece
Title:Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Ritual in Ancient Greece
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Category:Mythology, Religion, History, Anthropology
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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, 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 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, 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