Fear and Loathing in Ancient Athens: Religion and Politics During the Peloponnesian War, 1st Edition (Hardback) book cover

Fear and Loathing in Ancient Athens

Religion and Politics During the Peloponnesian War, 1st Edition

By Alexander Rubel, Michael Vickers


316 pages

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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.


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

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

About the Authors

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

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / Ancient / General