Ancient Greek Cults: A Guide by Jennifer Larson

By Jennifer Larson

Utilizing archaeological, epigraphic, and literary assets; and incorporating present scholarly theories, this quantity will function an outstanding significant other to any advent to Greek mythology, displaying an aspect of the Greek gods to which so much scholars are hardly ever exposed.

Detailed sufficient for use as a short reference instrument or textual content, and offering a readable account targeting the oldest, so much frequent, and finest non secular practices of the traditional Greek global within the Archaic and Classical sessions, old Greek Cults surveys historic Greek faith in the course of the cults of its gods and goddesses, heroes and heroines.

Jennifer Larson very easily summarizes an unlimited quantity of fabric in lots of languages, in general inaccessible to undergrad scholars, and explores, intimately, the diversity of cults celebrated by way of the Greeks, how those cults differed geographically, and the way each one deity used to be conceptualized in neighborhood cult titles and rituals.

Including an introductory bankruptcy on assets and strategies, and proposals for additional analyzing this e-book will let readers to achieve a clean standpoint on Greek faith.

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Admete herself purified the image and restored it to its place in the temple. This myth provided the background for the annual festival called the Tonaia (Binding), during which the goddess’ statue was carried to the sea, purified, and given a meal of barley-cakes. At some point during the rite, it was probably also bound with lugos branches. Celebrants at the feast wore wreaths made of lugos and reclined on beds of it. This festival has been interpreted as a drama of the deity’s disappearance and return, in which the recovery of the goddess is symbolic of the yearly cycle of vegetative abundance.

6 The Arkadians believed that their ancestral king Lykaon and his fifty sons once played host to the gods, who in those days dined among humans. They incurred the wrath of Zeus, however, by serving a cannibalistic feast that contained the flesh of a slaughtered boy, in some accounts the king’s own grandson Arkas. Lykaon’s punishment was to be turned into a wolf. Thus, the re-enactment of the meal was an annual reminder of a past epoch in which the savage ancestor of the Arkadians failed to distinguish properly between human and animal, and offended the gods with a perverted sacrifice.

Perhaps the ritual involved a bath for Hera’s image; a legend describing how Hera took an annual bath to restore her virginity was attached to the spring Kanathos in nearby Nauplia. The “water of freedom” of the stream Eleutherion, near the Heraion, was used for the women’s secret rites, and was also drunk by slaves and prisoners about to be emancipated. 3 Hera of Samos Half of one column from the Heraion at Samos has been reconstructed, scarcely hinting at the former glory of this sanctuary. A succession of temples stood in the marshy site, beginning with the late eighth-century hekatompedon or hundred-foot temple.

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