Item description for Religions of the Ancient Greeks (Key Themes in Ancient History) by Simon Price, S. R. F. Price & P. A. Cartledge...
This is a book about the religious life of the Greeks from archaic times to the fifth century AD, looked at in the context of a variety of different cities and periods. Simon Price examines local practices and concepts in the light of general Greek ideas, relating them to such issues as gender roles, political life, and the trial of Socrates. He lays emphasis on the reactions to Greek religions of ancient thinkers--Greek, Roman and Christian. The evidence drawn on is of all kinds: literary, inscriptional and archaeological.
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Studio: Cambridge University Press
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.9" Width: 6" Height: 0.6" Weight: 0.8 lbs.
Release Date Nov 4, 2011
Publisher Cambridge University Press
ISBN 0521388678 ISBN13 9780521388672
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More About Simon Price, S. R. F. Price & P. A. Cartledge
Simon Price has been teaching Ancient History at Oxford since 1981 and is the author of numerous books on religion in ancient Greece and Rome. He has worked extensively on ancient religions, primarily Greek and Roman, but he is also interested in the relations between those religions and Judaism and Christianity. Emily Kearns has held various teaching appointments in Oxford and London since 1990 and has been lecturer in Classical Languages and Literature at St. Hilda's College, Oxford.
Simon Price has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Oxford Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford Lady Margaret Hall, Ox.
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Nice, concise introduction Mar 21, 2009
First, this is not the comprehensive study of the subject that Burkert's work is. If you are looking for a comprehensive look at the subject, "Greek Religion" by Walter Burkert is the book to get.
However, this book offers an interesting set of topical studies which have added to my understanding of the topic. Price's viewpoint is quite useful in addition to any other books on the topic.
Material in the book includes an introduction to myths and festivals and to our source material in this area, a discussion of social control and Greek religion, gender roles in Greek religion and how this differed in Roman religion, and a look at how Greek religion was perceived by other groups (Romans, Christians, Jews, etc). Each of these studies adds to the field and is not a mere rehash of what I have read elsewhere.
I would recommend this book along with "Greek Religion" by Walter Burkert and "From Religion to Philosophy" by F. M. Cornford.