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Among the Gods
An Archaeological Exploration of Ancient Greek Religion

ISBN 9780367750633
Published December 1, 2021 by Routledge
270 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1989, Among the Gods uses archaeological evidence to explore ancient Greek religion.

The book analyses cult-statues and inscriptions to provide a detailed discussion of gods and goddesses, the priesthood, and healing sanctuaries. In doing so, it highlights the external, formal nature of religious practice in ancient Greece, such as pilgrimages, offerings, and hallowed sites. Archaeological records are used to examine both the theory and practice of ancient Greek religion, and to provide context to a variety of Greek myths and Greek literature.

Among the Gods will appeal to those with an interest in religious history, archaeological history, and Classical history.

Table of Contents

1: The Religion of Ancient Crete; 2: Gods and Goddesses; 3: Sanctuaries, Temples, and Altars; 4: Priesthood; 5: Games and Festivals; 6: Oracles; 7: Healing Sanctuaries; 8: The Mysteries; 9: Death and Burial; 10: Votive Offerings; 11: Private Cults; 12: Magic; 13: Politics and Religion; 14: Some Islands and their Cults; 15: The Religious Life of Athens and Attica; Notes; Glossary; Index

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