Dionysos and Immortality: The Greek Faith in Immortality as Affected by the Rise of Individualism

Dionysos and Immortality: The Greek Faith in Immortality as Affected by the Rise of Individualism

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Dionysos and Immortality: The Greek Faith in Immortality as Affected by the Rise of Individualism

Dionysos and Immortality: The Greek Faith in Immortality as Affected by the Rise of Individualism

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No people has ever possessed a religion more delicately responsive to its moods than the people of ancient Greece. This they owed in large measure to the absence of an ecclesiastical organization. The Greek instinctively abhorred all mechanism, for mechanism, as guaranteeing like and constant output to like time and like material, ignored free personality, -- and this free personality was to the Greek the one recognized source of all creative movement. Least of all did he need the ecclesiastical machine. There was no priestly hierarchy either for Greece as a whole or for single cantons; not even among priests of the same cult in different cantons was there organized coöperation. Some popular shrine or oracle might win more than local prestige and secure the . . .

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