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By Daniel Ogden

This significant addition to Blackwell’s partners to the traditional global sequence covers all elements of faith within the historic Greek global from the archaic, during the classical and into the Hellenistic period.

Written through a panel of foreign experts.
Focuses on spiritual lifestyles because it was once skilled by way of Greek women and men at varied instances and in numerous places.
Features significant sections on neighborhood non secular platforms, sacred areas and formality, and the divine.

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Mesopotamian myths also have provided a number of conspicuous parallels. Some of the closest have been those that connect Hesiod’s Theogony and the Babylonian creation story Enu¯ma Elish. Both texts, for example, describe how the commingling of the Sky and the Earth resulted in the birth of the gods. Other close parallels include those that link portions of the Iliad and the Odyssey with the Atrahasis epic and the epic of Gilgamesh (Abusch 2001; Burkert 1991, 1992:88–93, 2005a; Rollinger 1996; West 1997).

His willing worshipers experienced him through a positive form of ritual ‘‘madness,’’ which was radically distinguished from the wanton and destructive madness experienced by those who resisted his cult. Wine was originally the primary concern of Dionysiac ritual. The consumption of wine, like Dionysus himself, could lead to a pleasant and harmless madness, when done in 14 Daniel Ogden orderly and ritual fashion, but it could induce the more dangerous and destructive form of madness when done without order.

But these changes concerned the state too, and so on these occasions the women again had to become visible as they moved out into the public sphere with their rituals. Women’s rites often formed them into protective circles around the vulnerable individuals in the process of transition, the corpse of the dead person on his way to Hades, the newly arriving bride, and the newborn baby. Vinciane Pirenne-Delforge (Chapter 20) explores the intersection between religion and sex. ‘‘Sexuality’’ is a modern concept that can only be applied anachronistically to ancient society.

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