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Description - Practitioners of the Divine by Beate Dignas

"What is a Greek priest?" The volume, which has its origins in a symposium held at the Center for Hellenic Studies in Washington, D.C., focuses on the question through a variety of lenses: the visual representation of cult personnel, priests as ritual experts, variations of priesthood, ideal concepts and their transformation, and the role of manteis. Each chapter looks at how priests and religious officials used a potential authority to promote themselves and their posts, how they played a role in conserving, shaping and reviving cult activity, how they acted behind the curtain of polis institutions, and how they performed as mediators between men and gods. It becomes clear that Greek priests had many faces, and that the factors that determined their roles and activities are political as well as historical, religious as well as economic, idealistic as well as pragmatic, personal as well as communal.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9780674027879
ISBN-10: 0674027876
Format: Hardback
(227mm x 153mm x 19mm)
Pages: 250
Imprint: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Publisher: Harvard University, Center for Hellenic Studies
Publish Date: 1-Aug-2008
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Beate Dignas

Beate Dignas is Tutor in Ancient History, Somerville College, Oxford University. Kai Trampedach is Professor of Ancient History at Heidelberg University.

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