Athenian Religion: A History

Athenian Religion: A History

Athenian Religion: A History

Athenian Religion: A History

Synopsis

Inadequately documented, ancient Greek religion can all too easily be reduced to the dry analysis of archaeological remains and so-called `ritual objects'. This authoritative new work attempts to bridge the gap that usually divides Greek religion from Greek history, setting it firmly in the thick of contemporary events and politics. How did people actually worship the gods? Was Socrates's trial a crisis for religion or the state, or both? These are among the key issues addressed in what promises to be the definitive work on the subject for many years to come.

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For financial assistance I am grateful to Oriel College, Oxford, and the Craven Committee. Another institution to which I feel deeply indebted is the library of the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. My text has benefited greatly from the attention of the staff of Oxford University Press, in particular Margaret Clarke and Rita Winter. Several debts to individual scholars are acknowledged in their place; many other people who have contributed to the book (organizers of seminars in particular) can only be thanked collectively. But I must certainly mention Professor Jan Bremmer, Professor Anna Davies, Sir Hugh Lloyd-Jones, Robin Osborne, Simon Price, and Richard Rutherford with warm gratitude for their advice or friendly interest. It is a great grief that I can no longer so thank David Lewis, a master both of scholarship and of the art of helping other scholars. My greatest debts, for the learning that comes through friendship, are to Simon Hornblower and Christiane Sourvinou Inwood.

R.C.T.P.

Oriel College 1 August 1995 . . .

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