Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion

Prolegomena to the Study of Greek Religion

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by Jane Ellen Harrison
     
 

ISBN-10: 1108010032

ISBN-13: 9781108010030

Pub. Date: 10/02/2010

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Jane Ellen Harrison (1850–1928) was a pioneer in the academic study of myth in its historical and archaeological context, and was also one of the first women to make a full-time career as an academic. In her introduction to this book (1903), making the point that 'Greek religion' was usually studied using the surviving literary retellings of myths and legends

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Jane Ellen Harrison (1850–1928) was a pioneer in the academic study of myth in its historical and archaeological context, and was also one of the first women to make a full-time career as an academic. In her introduction to this book (1903), making the point that 'Greek religion' was usually studied using the surviving literary retellings of myths and legends, she states: 'The first preliminary to any scientific understanding of Greek religion is a minute examination of its ritual'. Using the then emerging disciplines of anthropology and ethnology, she demonstrates that the specific mythological tales of the Greeks embody systems of belief or philosophy which are not unique to Greek civilisation but which are widespread among societies both 'primitive' and 'advanced'. Her work was enormously influential not only on subsequent scholars of Greek religion but in the wider fields of literature, anthropology and psychoanalysis.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781108010030
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
10/02/2010
Series:
Cambridge Library Collection - Classics Series
Edition description:
Reissue
Pages:
708
Sales rank:
958,642
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.80(d)

Table of Contents

1. Olympian and chthonic ritual; 2. The Anthesteria; 3. Harvest festivals; 4. The women's festivals; 5. The demonology of ghosts, sprites and bogeys; 6. The making of a goddess; 7. The making of a god; 8. Dionysus; 9. Orpheus; 10. Orphic and Dionysiac mysteries; 11. Orphic eschatology; 12. Orphic cosmosgony; Index.

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