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Dance and Ritual Play in Greek Religion
     

Dance and Ritual Play in Greek Religion

by Steven H. Lonsdale
 

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In private and in public life, the ancient Greeks danced to express divine adoration and human festivity. They danced at feasts and choral competitions, at weddings and funerals, in observance of the cycles of both nature and human existence. Formal and informal dances marked the rhythms of life and death.

In Dance and Ritual Play in Greek Religion, Steven

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In private and in public life, the ancient Greeks danced to express divine adoration and human festivity. They danced at feasts and choral competitions, at weddings and funerals, in observance of the cycles of both nature and human existence. Formal and informal dances marked the rhythms of life and death.

In Dance and Ritual Play in Greek Religion, Steven Lonsdale looks at how the Greeks themselves regarded the act of dance, and how dance and related forms of ritual play in Greek religious festivals served a wide variety of functions in Greek society. The act of worship, he explains, often implied engaging in collective rites regulated by playful behavior, the most common forms of which were group hymns and choral dances.

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New England Classical Newsletter and Journal
This book offers a thorough and detailed review of the evidence for the function of dance to 'express divine adoration and human festivity in Greek culture.'.

Booknews
Explores in detail the vital role of dance in ancient Greece as a means of training the young for marriage and for battle, maintaining the morale of the population at large, and honoring the gods. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780801867590
Publisher:
Johns Hopkins University Press
Publication date:
12/28/2000
Series:
Ancient Society and History
Edition description:
REPRINT
Pages:
384
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.85(d)

Meet the Author

Stephen H. Lonsdale was educated at Harvard University and Cambridge Universities. He is the author of Animals and the Origins of Dance and Creatures of Speech: Lion, Herding, and Hunting Similies in the "Iliad".

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