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Savage Energies: Lessons of Myth and Ritual in Ancient Greece [Hardcover]

By Walter Burkert (Author) & Peter Bing (Translator)
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We often think of classical Greek society as a model of rationality and order. Yet as Walter Burkert demonstrates in these influential essays on the history of Greek religion, there were archaic, savage forces surging beneath the outwardly calm face of classical Greece, whose potentially violent and destructive energies, Burkert argues, were harnessed to constructive ends through the interlinked uses of myth and ritual.
For example, in a much-cited essay on the Athenian religious festival of the Arrephoria, Burkert uncovers deep connections between this strange nocturnal ritual, in which two virgin girls carried sacred offerings into a cave and later returned with something given to them there, and tribal puberty initiations by linking the festival with the myth of the daughters of Kekrops. Other chapters explore the origins of tragedy in blood sacrifice; the role of myth in the ritual of the new fire on Lemnos; the ties between violence, the Athenian courts, and the annual purification of the divine image; and how failed political propaganda entered the realm of myth at the time of the Persian Wars.

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Studio: University Of Chicago Press
Pages   110
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 9.32" Width: 6.3" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.76 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Apr 1, 2001
Publisher   University Of Chicago Press
ISBN  0226080854  
ISBN13  9780226080857  

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More About Walter Burkert & Peter Bing

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Walter Burkert is an emeritus professor of classics at the University of Zurich. He is the author of a number of books, most recently "The Orientalizing Revolution: Near Eastern Influence on Greek Culture in the Early Archaic Age" and "Creation of the Sacred: Tracks of Biology in Early Religions." Peter Bing is the Samuel Candler Dobbs Professor of the Classics at Emory University."

Walter Burkert was born in 1931 and has an academic affiliation as follows - University of Zurich.

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