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Author Parker, Robert, 1950-

Title Polytheism and society at Athens / Robert Parker
Published Oxford ; New York : Oxford University Press, 2005
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Description 1 online resource (xxxii, 544 pages) : illustrations
Contents Ancestral gods, ancestral tombs : the household and beyond -- 'Those with whom I sacrifice' -- Places of cult : Athens and the Demes -- International religion -- Who prays for Athens? : Religion in civic life -- 'Those who make a profession out of rites' : unlicensed religion, and magic -- Religion in the theatre -- Festivals and their celebrants -- Annexe : the festival Skira -- Things done at festivals -- The festival year -- Annexe : the Oschophoria -- Parthenoi in ritual -- Annexe I : Kanephoroi at Brauron? -- Annexe 2 : Festivals for boys : the religious world of the gymnasium -- The Panathenaea -- Women's festivals : Thesmophoria and Adonia -- The Anthesteria and other Dionysiac rites -- Eleusinian festivals -- Festivals, rituals, myths : reprise -- Gods at work I : protecting the city -- Gods at work II : the growth of plants and men -- Annexe : heroes and heroines -- Appendix I : Attic festivals : a check list -- Appendix II : Alciphron as heortologist
Summary Probably more is known about the religious life of Athens than of any other ancient city. This book attempts for the first time to give a comprehensive account of that religion from every angle - public festivals are there, including the Eleusinian Mysteries, but so are private rites and magic, and the treatment of religion by the great playwrights of Athens. The Athenians emerge as both very pious and very down-to-earth. - ;This book is the first attempt that has ever been made to give a comprehensive account of the religious life of ancient Athens. The city's many festivals are discussed in
Notes Includes indexes
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Polytheism.
Athens (Greece) -- Religion.
Athens (Greece) -- Social life and customs.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2005030410
ISBN 0191534528 (electronic bk.)
0191705845
0199216118
0199274835 (alk. paper)
9780191534522 (electronic bk.)
9780191705847
9780199216116
9780199274833 (alk. paper)