Religions of the Ancient World: A Guide

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RELIGIONS OF THE
ANCIENT WORLD

a guide

SARAH ILES JOHNSTON

genral editor

The Belknap Press of Harvard University Press
Cambridge, Massachusetts, and London, England
2004

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Table of contents

Table of contents

  • Title Page iii
  • Contents v
  • Introduction ix
  • Note on Translation and Transliteration xv
  • Abbreviations xvii
  • Encountering Ancient Religions 1
  • What Is Ancient Mediterranean Religion? 3
  • Monotheism and Polytheism 17
  • Ritual 32
  • Myth 45
  • Cosmology: Time and History 59
  • Pollution, Sin, Atonement, Salvation 71
  • Law and Ethics 84
  • Mysteries 98
  • Religions in Contact 112
  • Writing and Religion 127
  • Magic 139
  • Histories 153
  • Egypt 155
  • Mesopotamia 165
  • Syria and Canaan 173
  • Israel 181
  • Anatolia: Hittites 189
  • Iran 197
  • Minoan and Mycenaean Civilizations 206
  • Greece 210
  • Etruria 220
  • Rome 225
  • Early Christianity 233
  • Key Topics 241
  • Sacred Times and Spaces 243
  • Religious Personnel 288
  • Religious Organizations and Bodies 311
  • Sacrifice, Offerings, and Votives 325
  • Prayers, Hymns, Incantations, and Curses 349
  • Divination and Prophecy 370
  • Deities and Demons 392
  • Religious Practices of the Individual and Family 423
  • Rites of Passage 438
  • Illnesses and Other Crises 452
  • Death, the Afterlife, and Other Last Things 470
  • Sin, Pollution, and Purity 496
  • Ethics and Law Codes 514
  • Theology, Theodicy, Philosophy 531
  • Religion and Politics 547
  • Controlling Religion 564
  • Myth and Sacred Narratives 578
  • Visual Representations 598
  • Sacred Texts and Canonicity 622
  • Esotericism and Mysticism 640
  • Epilogue 657
  • Illustrations 669
  • Acknowledgments 671
  • Contributors 673
  • Index 677
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