Introducing New Gods: The Politics of Athenian Religion

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The religious imagination of the Greeks, Robert Garland observes, was populated by divine beings whose goodwill could not be counted upon, and worshipers faced a heavy burden of choice among innumerable deities to whom they might offer their devotion. These deities—and Athenian polytheism itself—remained in constant flux as cults successively came into favor and waned. Examining the means through which the Athenians established and marketed cults, this handsomely illustrated book is the first to illuminate the ...

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Overview

The religious imagination of the Greeks, Robert Garland observes, was populated by divine beings whose goodwill could not be counted upon, and worshipers faced a heavy burden of choice among innumerable deities to whom they might offer their devotion. These deities—and Athenian polytheism itself—remained in constant flux as cults successively came into favor and waned. Examining the means through which the Athenians established and marketed cults, this handsomely illustrated book is the first to illuminate the full range of motives—political and economic, as well as spiritual—that prompted them to introduce new gods.

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"In this book Robert Garland gives us a set of well-researched studies on a subject of importance for ancient Greece and Western civilization. Classical Greece presents a multitude of modestly scaled, sovereign communities, connected by common culture and with religion a salient feature. Each polis possessed cults of pan-Hellenic, Olympian divinities and cults of heroes. The pattern of cults in a given polis was the result of that city's individual history, with all the variety and quirkiness characteristic of historical evolution. Garland describes how one polis, Athens, acquired its constellation of cults."—American Historical Review

"Religious innovation is a special problem for polytheists. Worshipers face a heavy burden of choice among countless competitive deities. Religion and politics, nowhere easy to separate, are here inseparable. Every attempt to introduce a new god creates a political and social crisis. New cults seem an obvious key to cultural change in Ancient Greece, but the subject has been relatively neglected. In this nicely written and illustrated book, Robert Garland does much to fill the gap."—Journal of the American Academy of Religion

"Introducing New Gods proposes new and provocative ways to view the religious history of ancient Athens. By contextualizing the topic, Robert Garland demonstrates that the relationship between the community and its cults was a dynamic one. He not only avoids skepticism concerning the spiritual content of ancient Greek religion, but forces us to confront modern prejudices."—Paula Perlman, University of Texas

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The religious imagination of the Greeks, Garland (classics, Colgate U.) observes, was populated by divine beings whose goodwill could not be counted upon, and worshippers faced a heavy burden of choice among innumerable deities to whom they might offer their devotion. Examining the means through which the Athenians established and marketed cults, Garland illuminates the full range of motives--political and economic, as well as spiritual--which prompted them to introduce new gods. Includes 30 b&w photographs and 14 line drawings. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801427664
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 1/16/1992
  • Pages: 256
  • Product dimensions: 6.40 (w) x 9.30 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Preface
List of illustrations
Abbreviations
Introduction: Others and the Other 1
1 Ancestral Rites 23
2 Pheidippides and the Magic Mountain 47
3 Themistokles and the Cult of the Intellect 64
4 Theseus' Old Bones 82
5 Transfiguration and the Maiden 99
6 Asklepios and his Sacred Snake 116
7 Sokrates and the New Daimonia 136
8 The World of the Athenian Aition 152
Conclusions 171
Chronology of Athenian Religion 174
Glossary 180
Notes 183
Bibliography 210
Index Locorum 226
Index of Gods and Heroes 229
General Index 231
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