Human Sacrifice in Ancient Greece

Human Sacrifice in Ancient Greece

by Dennis D. Hughes
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415034833

ISBN-13: 9780415034838

Pub. Date: 08/06/1991

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

Numerous ancient texts describe human sacrifices or other forms of ritual killing, and archaeologists have frequently proposed human sacrifice as an explanation for their discoveries. The first book-length study of this controversial subject since 1915 and the first ever

to appear in English, Human Sacrifice examines the written and archaeological evidence for the

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Overview

Numerous ancient texts describe human sacrifices or other forms of ritual killing, and archaeologists have frequently proposed human sacrifice as an explanation for their discoveries. The first book-length study of this controversial subject since 1915 and the first ever

to appear in English, Human Sacrifice examines the written and archaeological evidence for the ritual killing of human beings in ancient Greece, presenting as well the skeptical view of such sensationalistic interpretations of the evidence.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415034838
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
08/06/1991
Pages:
316
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.88(d)
Lexile:
1610L (what's this?)
Age Range:
18 Years

Table of Contents

Preface ix

Abbreviations xiii

1 Sacrifice and ritual killing: terminology and types 1

2 Archaeological evidence 13

3 Funerary ritual killing in Greek literature and history 49

4 Human sacrifice in Greek myth, cult, and history 71

5 The pharmakos and related rites 139

6 Strangers in a strange land: the Locrian maiden tribute 166

7 Conclusion 185

Appendix A Cut marks and mass burials 194

Appendix B Pylos tablet Tn 316 199

Notes 203

Bibliography 258

Index locorum 278

Subject index 288

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