Ancient Greek Religion provides an introduction to thefundamental beliefs, practices, and major deities of Greekreligion.
- Focuses on Athens in the classical period
- Includes detailed discussion of Greek gods and heroes, myth andcult, and vivid descriptions of Greek religion as it waspracticed
- Ancient texts are presented in boxes to promote thought anddiscussion, and abundant illustrations help readers visualize therich and varied religious life of ancient Greece
- Revised edition includes additional boxed texts andbibliography, an 8-page color plate section, a new discussion ofthe nature of Greek “piety,” and a new chapter on GreekReligion and Greek Culture
About the Author
Jon D. Mikalson is William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Classics at the University of Virginia. In 1968-1969 he was a Fellow and in 1994-1995 a Whitehead Professor at the American School of Classical Studies in Athens, Greece. His books include Athenian Popular Religion (1983), Honor Thy Gods: Popular Religion in Greek Tragedy (1991), Religion in Hellenistic Athens (1998), and Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars (2002).
Table of Contents
List of color plates.
List of figures.
List of maps.
1. An Overview: Greek Sanctuaries and Worship.
2. Greek Gods, Heroes, and Polytheism.
3. Seven Greek Cult Myths.
4. Five Major Greek Cults.
5. Religion in the Greek Family and Village.
6. Religion of the Greek City-State.
7. Greek Religion and the Individual.
8. Greek Religion in the Hellenistic Period.
9. Greek Religion and Greek Culture.
10. Glossary of recurring Greek terms.
What People are Saying About This
“This thoroughly updated new edition offers a vivid, engagingly written and beautifully illustrated introduction to the major phenomena of Greek religion from a leading authority in the field.”
Daniel Ogden, Professor of Ancient History, University of Exeter, editor of A Companion to Greek Religion (Blackwell 2007)
“An excellent introductory text, even more user-friendly in its second edition, augmented by color plates, updated bibliography, and a new chapter exploring how religion influenced Greek culture as a whole.”
Charles C. Chiasson, The University of Texas at Arlington