Singing for the Gods
Performances of Myth and Ritual in Archaic and Classical Greece
By (author) Barbara Kowalzig
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Singing for the Gods by Barbara Kowalzig
Book DescriptionSinging for the Gods develops a new approach towards an old question in the study of religion - the relationship of myth and ritual. Focusing on ancient Greek religion, Barbara Kowalzig exploits the joint occurrence of myth and ritual in archaic and classical Greek song-culture. She shows how choral performances of myth and ritual, taking place all over the ancient Greek world in the early fifth century BC, help to effect social and political change in their own time. Religious song emerges as integral to a rapidly changing society hovering between local, regional, and panhellenic identities and between aristocratic rule and democracy. Drawing on contemporary debates on myth, ritual, and performance in social anthropology, modern history, and theatre studies, this book establishes Greek religion's dynamic role and gives religious song-culture its deserved place in the study of Greek history.
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Book DetailsISBN: 9780199219964
(241mm x 163mm x 34mm)
Imprint: Oxford University Press
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Publish Date: 13-Dec-2007
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Barbara Kowalzig
Dithyramb in Context, Hardback (June 2013)
This volume looks at dithyramb in its entirety, understanding it as a social and cultural phenomenon of Greek antiquity. How the dithyramb functions as a marker and as a carrier of social change throughout Greek antiquity is expressed in themes such as performance and ritual, poetics and intertextuality, music and dance, history and politics.
Singing for the Gods, Paperback (December 2011)» View all books by Barbara Kowalzig
A new approach to an old question - the relationship between myth and ritual. Barbara Kowalzig shows how choral performances of myth and ritual, taking place all over the ancient Greek world in the early fifth century BC, helped to effect social and political change in their own time.
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Author Biography - Barbara Kowalzig
Barbara Kowalzig is Leverhulme Research Fellow, Royal Holloway, University of London.
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