an archaeology of ancestors tomb cult and hero cult in early greece greek studies interdisciplinary approaches

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An Archaeology Of Ancestors

Author : Carla Maria Antonaccio
ISBN : 084767942X
Genre : History
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In this fresh consideration of the origins of the ancient Greeks' ideas and practices concerning their own past, Carla M. Antonaccio demonstrates that hero cult and ancestor cult persisted, throughout the Iron Age, long before epic poetry's heroic narratives were widely disseminated. Although it was not until the dissolution of Iron Age societies that epic poetry and organized hero cult developed to aid claims to legitimacy, practices such as visiting tombs to make offerings were common, and contradict the usual picture of Iron Age religious conservatism.

The Sacrificial Rituals Of Greek Hero Cults In The Archaic To The Early Hellenistic Period

Author : Gunnel Ekroth
ISBN : 9782821829008
Genre : History
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This study questions the traditional view of sacrifices in hero-cults during the Archaic to the early Hellenistic periods. The analysis of the epigraphical and literary evidence for sacrifices to heroes in these periods shows, contrary to the traditional notion, that the main ritual in hero-cults was a thysia at which the worshippers consumed the meat from the animal victim. A particular handling of the animal’s blood or a holocaust, rituals previously taken to be typical for heroes, can rarely be documented and must be considered as marginal features in hero-cults. The terms eschara, escharon, bothros, enagizein, enagisma, enagismos and enagisterion, believed to be characteristic for hero-cults, are seldom used in hero-contexts before the Roman period and occur mainly in the Byzantine lexicographers and in the scholia. Since the main kind of sacrifice in hero-cults was a thysia, a ritual intimately connected with the social structure of society, the heroes must have fulfilled the same role as the gods within the Greek religious system. The fact that the heroes were dead seems to have been of little significance for the sacrificial rituals and it is questionable whether the rituals of hero-cults are to be considered as originating in the cult of the dead.

Belted Heroes And Bound Women

Author : Michael J. Bennett
ISBN : 0822630613
Genre : Drama
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This clearly written, beautifully illustrated book introduces a previously unrecognized Homeric theme, the 'belted hero, ' and argues for its lasting historical, literary, and archaeological significance. The belted hero fuses king, warrior, charioteer, and athlete into a supreme image of political power. The special 'heroic warrior's belts' (zosteres) worn by Agamemnon, Menelaos, and Nestor served as unimpeachable visual emblems of their exalted positions of rank. The feminine counterpart, or zone, presents the woman as superior in the competitive arena of love. Bennett shows that the belted hero represented an ideology attractive to wealthy landowners, their oikoi, and inter-family connections. He suggests that the communal spirit of the hoplite phalanx attempted to appropriate the belted hero ideal, even while undermining its ethos of personal honor. Bennett also makes several important iconographic interpretations that provide fundamentally new insights into early Greek oral epic compositional techniques, conceptions of time, and cosmological structure. Belted Heroes and Bound Women will be of interest to scholars and students of early Greek art, history, or literature.

Theatrical Space And Historical Place In Sophocles Oedipus At Colonus

Author : Lowell Edmunds
ISBN : 0847683206
Genre : History
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While Greek tragedies are often studied as works of literature, they are less frequently examined as products of the social and political environment in which they were created. Rarely, too, are the visual and spatial aspects of these plays given careful consideration. In this detailed and innovative book, Lowell Edmunds combines two readings of Oedipus at Colonus to arrive at a new way of looking at Greek tragedy. Edmunds sets forth a semiotic theory of theatrical space, and then applies this theory to the visual and spatial dimensions of Oedipus at Colonus. The book includes an Appendix on the life of Sophocles and the reception of Oedipus at Colonus. Edmunds's unique approach to Oedipus at Colonus makes this an important book for students and scholars of semiotics, Greek tragedy, and theatrical performance.

The Sacrificial Rituals Of Greek Hero Cults In The Archaic To The Early Hellenistic Periods

Author : Gunnel Ekroth
ISBN : IND:30000087753392
Genre : Animal sacrifice
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Homers Ilias Gesamtkommentar

Author : Homère
ISBN : 3110201453
Genre : Epic poetry, Greek
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This commentary on the 6th book of the Iliad concentrates on the interpretation of two episodes which have received a great deal of scholarly attention: the encounter between Diomedes and Glaukos, which surprisingly ends with an exchange of weapons and not a duel, and the series of scenes Hector in Troy, which reveal the hero s conflicting roles as defender of the city and father of his family. "

Ancient Greek Cult Practice From The Archaeological Evidence

Author : Robin Hägg
ISBN : UOM:39015043401200
Genre : History
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ISBN : STANFORD:36105028845936
Genre : Archaeology
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Opuscula Atheniensia

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Genre : Classical antiquities
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Greco Roman Perspectives On Friendship

Author : John T. Fitzgerald
ISBN : UVA:X004148111
Genre : Family & Relationships
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