Item description for Sources for the Study of Greek Religion (Sources for Biblical Study #14) by David Rice & John E. Stambaugh...
Since its initial publication in 1979, Sources for the Study of Greek Religion has become an essential classroom resource in the field of classical studies. The Society of Biblical Literature is pleased to present a corrected edition in a new, attractive, and electronic-friendly format with hopes that it will inspire a new generation of classicists and religious historians. This volume includes primary texts and documents in translation, illustrating the range of Greek religious beliefs and practices from Homer to Alexander the Great with the addition of relevant post-classical material. The sources are arranged in chapters devoted to the Olympian gods, heroes, public religion (including rural cults), private religion, mystery cults, and death and afterlife. Introductory notes place the selections in their context in Greek history and provide basic bibliography. The volume includes a glossary of technical terms, a general index, and an index of ancient sources cited. Beyond the correction of minor errors and use of footnotes rather than endnotes, the reader will find that the present volume remains true to the original.
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Studio: Society of Biblical Literature
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.75" Width: 6.25" Height: 9.25" Weight: 0.9 lbs.
Release Date May 15, 2009
Publisher Scholars Press
ISBN 0891303472 ISBN13 9780891303473
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More About David Rice & John E. Stambaugh
David Rice was born in Weslaco, Texas, in 1964 and lived in Edcouch, Texas, for much of his youth. He later moved to Austin, where he now resides. His bicultural heritage stems from his father's adoption by an Anglo family. Rice is a graduate of Southwest Texas State University in San Marcos. His second book, Crazy Loco, was published in 2001, and his stories have also appeared in numerous anthologies. Recent projects include work on his first novel and screenwriting for two films scheduled for release in 2011. Both movies, one a family film entitled Los Scavengers and the other a romantic comedy entitled Gone Hollywood, were filmed in the Edcouch-Elsa area.
Reviews - What do customers think about Sources for the Study of Greek Religion (Sources for Biblical Study #14)?
A great short supplement to all your other Greek books... Jan 7, 2006
One of the most daunting aspects of learning about ancient Greek religion is the sheer volume of sources and authors. The main question is who, where and what is most relevant & pertinent, & espeically if it can point you in the right direction.
This book is not a commentary or description about the expression of Greek religion by the Greeks themselves but snippets from actual inscriptions & ancient texts by both Greek and Roman authors (8th century Homer to Alexander the Great & also some later sources deemed relevant) speaking about Greek religion in the most important characteristics of how Greek religion was expressed & practiced. It's not full of ideological or social whys about Greek Relgion but is more like a dictionary.
Topics range from Olympian Gods & Hero, public & private religion, mystery cults & the meaning of death & the afterlife. Each main topic is given a very short description as to what the authors intend the student to focus on & then the different sources that help describe it. A really great thing the authors included was a short list of modern texts for `further reading' to help enrich the Source book. Thus, you get ancient sources that are both familiar and unique & modern and relevant texts to help continue your study.
Keep in mind-this is a really great companion/supplement for you Greek library because some of the sources are very unusual and not something you'd find on your own. There is no personality or true intimacy of what Greek Relgion means to an individual ancient Greek person but only the collective 'religiou' voice of a civlization which can no longer speak in its own voice but can only express itself through texts and inscriptions that you have consider worthy or not. Hence, it is not really meant to be read straight through because the snippets are not the full descriptions nor is there any extra commentary but only a short snapshot of what is relevant for that topic.
And--this is a fairly short book so not EVERYTHING is included because it's just a general overview of the basic aspectsof Greek Religion & very specific and speical topics will not be found in this book.
This is great for those who are just beginning their Greek (religious) experience and for those who have been passionate about the ancient Greeks & their religion since time immemorial.