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Athenian Religion
By Robert Parker

Athenian Religion

A History

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Athenian Religion by Robert Parker

Book Awards

  • Shortlisted for Longman/History Today Book of the Year Award 1996.

Book Description

This book is an attempt to take seriously the cliche that Greek religion is an eminently social phenomenon. It differs from 'Histories of Greek Religion' by focusing on a particular Greek city with particular social structures. It treats a much broader range of phenomena than do books on 'Athenian festivals'. It seeks to bridge the gap that usually divides studies of Greek religion from studies of Greek history and society. Among the topics discussed are the actual dates and circumstances of foundation of many temples, festivals, and cults at Athens, the historical development of the social structures within which religious activities took place, and the effects in the religious sphere of the radical shift in Athens' political life from tyranny to democracy and the acquisition of an empire. Robert Parker investigates the relation between religion and political prestige, considers the introduction of new cults, and looks in detail at such key personalities and events in the religious history of Athens as Lycurgus the Eteoboutad and his religious policies, and the trial of Socrates. The period covered is roughly that from 750 to 250 BC.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780198152408
ISBN-10: 019815240X
Format: Paperback
(234mm x 157mm x 23mm)
Pages: 396
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 18-Sep-1997
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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