Greek Popular Religion


Book Details

Author  Martin Persson Nilsson
Publisher  Forgotten Books
Publication Date   December 28, 2007
ISBN  1605063940
Pages  141

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Book Description:

"This is a short survey of Greek religious practice and beliefs from ground level. The texts of Homer, Hesiod, and the Greek dramatists and philosophers, who defined Greek beliefs, have long been known and understood. There is a conventional view of Greek mythology which is taught by rote to school children (at least until recently), which relies on a neat set of 'myths and legends.' It was not until the pioneering efforts of Jane Harrison and other scholars in the 19th century that a picture emerged of what actually constituted Greek religion, and how it evolved. This monograph covers what was known by the middle of the 20th century. It gives a fascinating look at the very earthy popular side of Greek religion, with its noisy (and often messy) festivals, initiations, secret societies, oracles, and a practical but very superstitious belief system. He also discusses how some of these beliefs and festivals, under the guise of Christianity, have persisted to this day." (Quote from

Table of Contents:

Publisher's Preface; Foreword; Acknowledgments; The Countryside; Rural Customs And Festivals; The Religion Of Eleusis; The House And The Family; The Cities; The Panegyreis; Legalism And Superstition; Hell; Seers And Oracles; Illustrations

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