Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion: A Study in Survivals

Modern Greek Folklore and Ancient Greek Religion: A Study in Survivals

by John Cuthbert Lawson


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Originally published in 1910, this book analyses the customs and superstitions of modern Greece as a means of gaining a greater understanding of ancient Greek belief structures. Analogies and coincidences between ancient and modern Greece had been pointed out prior to the publication of this edition, but no large attempt had been made to trace the continuity of the life and thought of the Greek people, and to exhibit modern Greek folklore as an essential factor in the interpretation of ancient Greek religion. The text is highly accessible, and all quotations from ancient and modern Greek are translated into English. This is a fascinating book that will be of value to anyone with an interest in anthropology and the classical world.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781107677036
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/12/2012
Pages: 634
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 1.42(d)

Table of Contents

Preface; 1. Introductory; 2. The survival of pagan deities; 3. The communion of gods and men; 4. The relation of soul and body; 5. Cremation and inhumation; 6. The benefit of dissolution; 7. The union of gods and men; General index; Index of Greek words and phrases.

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