1st Edition

Fear and Loathing in Ancient Athens
Religion and Politics During the Peloponnesian War

ISBN 9780367872212
Published December 20, 2019 by Routledge
326 Pages

USD $49.95

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Book Description

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

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Professor Alexander Rubel is Director of the Institute of Archaeology, Iasi, Romania.


Winner of the Historical Sciences and Archaeology Award "Vasile Parvan", Romanian Academy