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Greek Religion
By Jan N. Bremmer

Greek Religion

Greek Religion

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Greek Religion by Jan N. Bremmer

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In this brief but highly informative book Jan Bremmer presents an outline of Greek religion in the classical period. After a survey of its main characteristics, he offers a clear and innovative view of the great gods and heroes as well as their sanctuaries and also the main myths, rituals and mysteries: from Athena to Zeus, from sacrifice to the puritan Orphics, from the Indo-European roots to the influence of the ancient Near East. The approach pays attention to the sociological, anthropological and psychological aspects of Greek religion and also to the gender roles. By analyzing the often modern origin of many of the notions employed in the analysis of Greek religion, it also shows the difference between the polytheism of the Greeks and the place of religion in modern Western society. Its excellent bibliography makes this book a very useful tool for students and teachers alike.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780199220731
ISBN-10: 0199220735
Format: Paperback
(228mm x 152mm x 7mm)
Pages: 132
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 15-Dec-1994
Country of Publication: United Kingdom

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