Athens at the time of the Peloponnesian war was the arena for a dramatic battle between politics and religion in the hearts and minds of the people. Fear and Loathing in Ancient Athens, originally published in German but now available for the first time in an expanded and revised English edition, sheds new light on this dramatic period of history and offers a new approach to the study of Greek religion. The book explores an extraordinary range of events and topics, and will be an indispensable study for students and scholars studying Athenian religion and politics.
Table of Contents
Impiety trials against philosophers and Sophists
The Plague, Pericles and the Peloponnesian War
Other prosecutions for impiety
The mutilation of the Herms and the profanation of the Mysteries: religious and political implications
Tradition and innovation: the new gods
Building for the gods: sacred architecture during the Peloponnesian War
The Arginusae trial
The trial of Socrates: an overview
Professor Alexander Rubel is Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Iasi, Romania.
Winner of the Historical Sciences and Archaeology Award "Vasile Parvan", Romanian Academy