Nov 14, Jim rated it really liked it Shelves: How did the Greeks worship their Gods and Goddesses? A lock of hair from the animal is then cut and burned, libation being poured on the altar with prayer. There are a few points which are not mentioned in other reviews that I think are helpful to note.
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Mycenaean Gods are discussed, and for the first time the reader is introduced, based upon archaeological evidence, specifically Linear B tablets recovered from Knossos and Pylos on Crete, among others, to the gods and goddesses that would become the grfek Olympian deities. This book is a blast.
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To understand the Greeks we must understand their religion, and I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to understand the Greeks. Three of his most important academic works a selection from seventeen books and two hundred essays, including encyclopedia contributions and memorabiliawhich are still at the base of the study of Hellenic religion, are Homo NecansEnglishGreek ReligionEnglishand Ancient Mystery Cults lectures, published A clearly structured and readable Not easy to read, but a great reference.
If a person reading this book doesn't know Greek, I suggest that he stay in range of the Internet.
Such an approach does little to explain the enormous resilience shown by Greek mythology until today, yet the account is enormously informative and gives much food for alternative thinking on the subject. The text concludes by offering the opinions of Plato, Aristotle, Xenocrates as they debate atheism and polytheism.
Sources include primary material from Herodotus, Plato, Aristotle, and Xenocrates, but also delves into the archaeological record as interpreted by Evans and Nillson.
It was both relaxing and disappointing to know that this book ended. Try the Kindle edition and experience these great reading features: The Scope of the Study. See all 25 reviews. Walter Burkert's "Greek Religion" has now given me a much better sense of how the Greeks practiced their religion. This provides a serious student additional resources for studying any aspect covered in this book.
You'll go cross eyed after reading 10 pages. He describes the various rituals of sacrifice and libation and explains Greek beliefs about purification.
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Section III of burkerg text delves into a discussion of the Olympian and related gods and goddesses. Geligion is the first major synthesis of Greek religion to appear for a generation. In this book, Walter Burkert seeks to provide a comprehensive study in Greek religion during the Hellenic are.
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Greek Religion Walter Burkert. Aug 14, Susanne rated it it was amazing Shelves: In depth, well-written, excellent index.
This study by the end shows how the ground work for Christianity was laid. Lists with This Book. Walter Burkert's "Greek Religion" is an intense survey of Hellenistic religious beliefs from their earliest Minoan and Mycennean antecedents.
Whereas other survey-type texts only include an overview of the basic Olympian Gods, and perhaps a marginal mentioning of some of the major festivals, Burkert's text provides the reader with an in-depth look at all of those issues as well as giving the reader the, "why", as best as he could surmise through his research.
This review will summarize the material contained within the study, extrapolate the central themes of the text, and finally shall offer an analysis of the text with regard to its presentation of data, use of archaeological and primary sources, and its intended audience. The first academic era of his life ended with a placement as Professor of Classical Philology at the Technical University of Berlin —and as Guest Professor at Harvard University for a year Insofar as possible, Burkert lets the evidence—from literature and legend, vase paintings and archaeology—speak for itself; he elucidates the controversies surrounding its interpretation without glossing over the enigmas that remain.
This level of work allows a real reconstruction of the Greek worldview in relation to religious practice to be developed. Share your thoughts with other customers.