Rites of Passage in Ancient Greece

Literature, Religion, Society

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Author: Mark William Padilla

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838754184

Category: History

Page: 312

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The twelve essays in this volume of Bucknell Review treat the topic of rites of passage in ancient Greece, focusing largely on Athenian tragedy, but also Plato, the Greek novel, the festival of Anthesteria, and other topics.

Rites of Passage in Ancient Greece

Literature, Religion, Society

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Author: Mark William Padilla

Publisher: Bucknell University Press

ISBN: 9780838754184

Category: History

Page: 312

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The twelve essays in this volume of Bucknell Review treat the topic of rites of passage in ancient Greece, focusing largely on Athenian tragedy, but also Plato, the Greek novel, the festival of Anthesteria, and other topics.

Choruses of Young Women in Ancient Greece

Their Morphology, Religious Role, and Social Functions

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Author: Claude Calame,Derek Collins,Janice Orion

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9780742515253

Category: Drama

Page: 282

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In this groundbreaking work, Claude Calame argues that the songs sung by choruses of young girls in ancient Greek poetry are more than literary texts; rather, they functioned as initiatory rituals in Greek cult practices. Using semiotic and anthropologic theory, Calame reconstructs the religious and social institutions surrounding the songs, demonstrating their function in an aesthetic education that permitted the young girls to achieve the stature of womanhood and to be integrated into the adult civic community. This first English edition includes an updated bibliography.

Initiation in Ancient Greek Rituals and Narratives

New Critical Perspectives

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Author: David Dodd,Christopher A. Faraone

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1135143730

Category: History

Page: 320

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Scholars of classical history and literature have for more than a century accepted `initiation' as a tool for understanding a variety of obscure rituals and myths, ranging from the ancient Greek wedding and adolescent haircutting rituals to initiatory motifs or structures in Greek myth, comedy and tragedy. In this books an international group of experts including Gloria Ferrari, Fritz Graf and Bruce Lincoln, critique many of these past studies, and challenge strongly the tradition of privileging the concept of initiation as a tool for studying social performances and literary texts, in which changes in status or group membership occur in unusual ways. These new modes of research mark an important turning point in the modern study of the religion and myths of ancient Greece and Rome, making this a valuable collection across a number of classical subjects.

Das antike Theater

Aspekte seiner Geschichte, Rezeption und Aktualität

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Author: Gerhard Binder,Bernd Effe

Publisher: Wvt Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier

ISBN: N.A

Category: Drama

Page: 523

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Human Sacrifice in Ancient Greece

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Author: Dennis D. Hughes

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1134966393

Category: History

Page: 316

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Numerous ancient texts describe human sacrifices and other forms of ritual killing: in 480 BC Themistocles sacrifices three Persian captives to Dionysus; human scapegoats called pharmakoi are expelled yearly from Greek cities, and according to some authors they are killed; Locrin girls are hunted down and slain by the Trojans; on Mt Lykaion children are sacrificed and consumed by the worshippers; and many other texts report human sacrifices performed regularly in the cult of the gods or during emergencies such as war and plague. Archaeologists have frequently proposed human sacrifice as an explanation for their discoveries: from Minoan Crete children's bones with knife-cut marks, the skeleton of a youth lying on a platform with a bronze blade resting on his chest, skeletons, sometimes bound, in the dromoi of Mycenaean and Cypriot chamber tombs; and dual man-woman burials, where it is suggested that the woman was slain or took her own life at the man's funeral. If the archaeologists' interpretations and the claims in the ancient sources are accepted, they present a bloody and violent picture of the religious life of the ancient Greeks, from the Bronze Age well into historical times. But the author expresses caution. In many cases alternative, if less sensational, explanations of the archaeological are possible; and it can often be shown that human sacrifices in the literary texts are mythical or that late authors confused mythical details with actual practices.Whether the evidence is accepted or not, this study offers a fascinating glimpse into the religious thought of the ancient Greeks and into changing modern conceptions of their religious behaviour.

Gods of Ancient Greece: Identities and Transformations

Identities and Transformations

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Author: Jan Bremmer

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748642897

Category: Religion

Page: 552

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This collection offers a fresh look at the nature and development of the Greek gods in the period from Homer until Late Antiquity The Greek gods are still very much present in modern consciousness. Although Apollo and Dionysos, Artemis and Aphrodite, Zeus and Hermes are household names, it is much less clear what these divinities meant and stood for in ancient Greece. In fact, they have been very much neglected in modern scholarship. Bremmer and Erskine bring together a team of international scholars with the aim of remedying this situation and generating new approaches to the nature and development of the Greek gods in the period from Homer until Late Antiquity. The Gods of Ancient Greece looks at individual gods, but also asks to what extent cult, myth and literary genre determine the nature of a divinity and presents a synchronic and diachronic view of the gods as they functioned in Greek culture until the triumph of Christianity.

The Hunt in Ancient Greece

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Author: Judith M. Barringer

Publisher: JHU Press

ISBN: 0801874602

Category: History

Page: 312

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Through an exploration of various representations of the hunt, Barringer provides extraordinary insight into Athenian society.

Let's Talk About Rites of Passage, Deity and the Afterlife

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Author: Siusaidh Ceanadach

Publisher: John Hunt Publishing

ISBN: 1780999461

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 80

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Let's Talk About Rites of Passage, Deity and the Afterlife is written for children aged 7 - 11. It offers a general Pagan view on major life points such as birth, marriage and death as well as Pagan views of the afterlife, Summerland or the next world. It also looks at some of the major pantheons of Pagan Deities and at every stage a story is told to help the young person understand.

Untutored Lines

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Author: William P Weaver

Publisher: Edinburgh University Press

ISBN: 0748649204

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 232

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Provides a new understanding of the epyllion as a genre exploiting the subversive potential of various educational thresholds, such as the transition from grammar to rhetoric.

A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds

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Author: Beryl Rawson

Publisher: John Wiley & Sons

ISBN: 9781444390759

Category: Literary Criticism

Page: 664

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A Companion to Families in the Greek and Roman Worlds draws from both established and current scholarship to offer a broad overview of the field, engage in contemporary debates, and pose stimulating questions about future development in the study of families. Provides up-to-date research on family structure from archaeology, art, social, cultural, and economic history Includes contributions from established and rising international scholars Features illustrations of families, children, slaves, and ritual life, along with maps and diagrams of sites and dwellings Honorable Mention for 2011 Single Volume Reference/Humanities & Social Sciences PROSE award granted by the Association of American Publishers

Games and Sanctuaries in Ancient Greece

Olympia, Delphi, Isthmia, Nemea, Athens

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Author: Panos Valavanēs

Publisher: J. Paul Getty Museum

ISBN: N.A

Category: Sports & Recreation

Page: 447

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As religious rituals, rites of passage, and celebrations of the body, athletics were deeply woven into the fabric of ancient Greek life. Modeled after physical exercises and competitions that existed in earlier Near Eastern cultures, hundreds of athletic contests were held throughout the ancient Greek world. In the eighth century B.C., the games held at Olympia began to surpass all others in their fame and glory and gave rise to a sporting tradition that engages and enthralls the world to this day. Published to coincide with the return of the Olympics to Greece in 2004, this thoroughly researched book studies sport in ancient Greece over a span of a millennium and a half-from the earliest mentions of athletics in Homer'sIliadand other literary sources, through the Classical age, and into the Hellenistic, Roman, and late antique periods. With more than five hundred illustrations, the book tours the monumental stadiums, bathhouses, temples, and other structures built to host the athletic events and to house the wealth of art created to pay tribute to the athletes, gods, and heroes of the games.

Tragedy, Ritual and Money in Ancient Greece

Selected Essays

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Author: Richard Seaford

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

ISBN: 1107171717

Category: History

Page: 496

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Reveals the shaping influence of money and ritual on Greek tragedy, the New Testament, Indian philosophy, and Wagner.

Death and the Maiden (Routledge Revivals)

Girls' Initiation Rites in Greek Mythology

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Author: Ken Dowden

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 1317745469

Category: History

Page: 258

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A remarkable number of Greek myths concern the plight of virgins – slaughtered, sacrificed, hanged, transformed into birds, cows, dear, bears, trees, and punished in Hades. Death and the Maiden, first published in 1989, contextualises this mythology in terms of geography, history and culture, and offers a comprehensive theory firmly grounded in an ubiquitous ritual: pubescent girls’ rites of passage. By means of comparative anthropology, it is argued that many local ceremonies are echoed throughout the whole range of myths, both famous and obscure. Further, Professor Dowden examines boys’ rites, as well as the renewal of entire communities at regular intervals. The first full-length work in English devoted to passage-rites in Greek myth, Death and the Maiden is an important contribution to the exciting developments in the study of the interrelation between myth and ritual: from it an innovative view on the origination of many Greek myths emerges.

Belly Dance

The Dance of Mother Earth

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Author: Tina Hobin

Publisher: Marion Boyars Publishers

ISBN: N.A

Category: Health & Fitness

Page: 203

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A complete background and guide to this ancient, erotic dance.

Nachleben der Religionen

kulturwissenschaftliche Untersuchungen zur Dialektik der Säkularisierung

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Author: Zentrum für Literaturforschung (Berlin, Germany). Jahrestagung

Publisher: N.A

ISBN: 9783770543694

Category: Religion and culture

Page: 280

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Coming of Age in Ancient Greece

Images of Childhood from the Classical Past

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Author: Jenifer Neils,John Howard Oakley,Katherine Hart,Lesley A. Beaumont,Hood Museum of Art

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 0300099606

Category: Architecture

Page: 333

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What was childhood like in ancient Greece? What activities and games did Greek children embrace? How were they schooled and what religious and ceremonial rites of passage were key to their development? These questions and many more are answered in this study, which features and discusses imagery and artefacts relating to childhood in ancient Greece. culture to represent children and their activities naturalistically in their art. Here we learn about depictions of children in myth as well as life, from infancy to adolescence. This illustrated book features such archaeological artefacts as toys and gaming pieces alongside images of them in use by children on ancient vases, coins, terracotta figurines, bronze and stone sculpture, and marble grave monuments. archaeology, anthropology and art history discuss a wide range of topics, including: the burgeoning role of childhood studies in interdisciplinary studies; the status of children in Greek culture; the evolution of attitudes toward children from the Bronze Age to the Hellenistic period as documented by literature and art; the relationships of fathers and sons and mothers and daughters; and the roles of cult practice and death in a child's existence.