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Ancient Greek Religion (Paperback, 2nd Edition): Jon D. Mikalson Ancient Greek Religion (Paperback, 2nd Edition)
Jon D. Mikalson
R706 Discovery Miles 7 060 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

"Ancient Greek Religion" provides an introduction to the fundamental beliefs, practices, and major deities of Greek religion.Focuses on Athens in the classical periodIncludes detailed discussion of Greek gods and heroes, myth and cult, and vivid descriptions of Greek religion as it was practicedAncient texts are presented in boxes to promote thought and discussion, and abundant illustrations help readers visualize the rich and varied religious life of ancient GreeceRevised edition includes additional boxed texts and bibliography, an 8-page color plate section, a new discussion of the nature of Greek "piety," and a new chapter on Greek Religion and Greek Culture

A Slightly Hagiographic History of Classics at the University of Virginia - From 1825 to 1970 (Paperback): Jon D. Mikalson A Slightly Hagiographic History of Classics at the University of Virginia - From 1825 to 1970 (Paperback)
Jon D. Mikalson
R307 Discovery Miles 3 070 Ships in 7 - 11 working days
Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars (Paperback, New edition): Jon D. Mikalson Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars (Paperback, New edition)
Jon D. Mikalson
R901 Discovery Miles 9 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

The two great Persian invasions of Greece, in 490 and 480-79 B.C., both repulsed by the Greeks, provide our best opportunity for understanding the interplay of religion and history in ancient Greece. Using the Histories of Herodotus as well as other historical and archaeological sources, Jon Mikalson shows how the Greeks practiced their religion at this pivotal moment in their history. In the period of the invasions and the years immediately after, the Greeks - internationally, state by state, and sometimes individually - turned to their deities, using religious practices to influence, understand, and commemorate events that were threatening their very existence. Greeks prayed and sacrificed; made and fulfilled vows to the gods; consulted oracles; interpreted omens and dreams; created cults, sanctuaries, and festivals; and offered dozens of dedications to their gods and heroes - all in relation to known historical events. By portraying the human situations and historical circumstances in which Greeks practiced their religion, Mikalson advances our knowledge of the role of religion in fifth-century Greece and reveals a religious dimension of the Persian Wars that has been previously overlooked. The two great Persian invasions of Greece, in 490 and 480-79 B.C., both repulsed by the Greeks, provide our best opportunity for understanding the interplay of religion and history in ancient Greece. By showing how the Greeks practiced their religion at this pivotal moment in their history, Jon Mikalson reveals a religious dimension of the Persian Wars that has been previously overlooked.

Athenian Popular Religion (Paperback, New edition): Jon D. Mikalson Athenian Popular Religion (Paperback, New edition)
Jon D. Mikalson
R868 Discovery Miles 8 680 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

Most modern studies of Athenian religion have focused on festivals, cult practices, and individual deities. Jon Mikalson turns instead to the religious beliefs citizens of Athens spoke of and acted upon in everyday life. He uses evidence only from reliable, mostly contemporary sources such as the orators Lysias and Demosthenes, the historian Xenophon, and state decrees, sacred laws, religious dedications, and epitaphs.
"This is in no sense a general history of Athenian religion," Mikalson writes, "even within the narrow historical boundaries set. It is rather an investigation of what might be termed the consensus of popular religious belief, a consensus consisting of those beliefs which an Athenian citizen thought he could express publicly and for which he expected fo find general acceptance among his peers."
What emerges in Mikalson's study is a remarkable homogeneity of religious beliefs at the popular level. The topics discussed at length in "Athenian Popular Religion" include the areas of divine intervention in human life, the gods and human justice, gods and oaths, divination, death and the afterlife, the nature of the gods, social aspects of popular religion, and piety and impiety.
Mikalson challenges the common opinion that popular religious belief in Athens deteriorated significantly from the mid-fifth to the mid-fourth century B.C. "The error in understanding the development of Athenian religion has arisen, it seems to me, because scholars have failed to distinguish properly between the differing natures of the sources for our knowledge of religious beliefs in the earlier and later periods," Mikalson writes. The difference between those sources "is more than simply one of years. It is a difference between poetry and prose, with all the factors which that difference implies."

Religion in Hellenistic Athens (Hardcover): Jon D. Mikalson Religion in Hellenistic Athens (Hardcover)
Jon D. Mikalson
R1,374 R1,112 Discovery Miles 11 120 Save R262 (19%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

Until now, there has been no comprehensive study of religion in Athens from the end of the classical period to the time of Rome's domination of the city. Jon D. Mikalson provides a chronological approach to religion in Hellenistic Athens, disproving the widely held belief that Hellenistic religion during this period represented a decline from the classical era. Drawing from epigraphical, historical, literary, and archaeological sources, Mikalson traces the religious cults and beliefs of Athenians from the battle of Chaeroneia in 338 B.C. to the devastation of Athens by Sulla in 86 B.C., demonstrating that traditional religion played a central and vital role in Athenian private, social, and political life. Mikalson describes the private and public religious practices of Athenians during this period, emphasizing the role these practices played in the life of the citizens and providing a careful scruntiny of individual cults. He concludes his study by using his findings from Athens to call into question several commonly held assumptions about the general development of religion in Hellenistic Greece.

The Sacred and Civil Calendar of the Athenian Year (Paperback): Jon D. Mikalson The Sacred and Civil Calendar of the Athenian Year (Paperback)
Jon D. Mikalson
R709 R594 Discovery Miles 5 940 Save R115 (16%) Ships in 12 - 17 working days

From epigraphical, archaeological, and literary evidence Jon D. Mikalson has here assembled all relevant data concerning the dates of Athenian festivals, religious ceremonies, and legislative assemblies. This information has been used to revise and update our knowledge of the calendar as it reflects Athenian life. The facts and conclusions that emerge from the author's analysis correct some earlier assumptions. He brings to light new information concerning the meeting days of the Athenian Assembly and the Council, and establishes the days of the monthly festivals. Annual festivals are either dated exactly or fixed within closer time limits. The result of the author's rigorous approach is a collection of reliable evidence as to what religious and secular activities occurred on specific days of the Athenian year. Originally published in 1976. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Honor Thy Gods - Popular Religion in Greek Tragedy (Paperback, New edition): Jon D. Mikalson Honor Thy Gods - Popular Religion in Greek Tragedy (Paperback, New edition)
Jon D. Mikalson
R1,023 Discovery Miles 10 230 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

In "Honor Thy Gods" Jon Mikalson uses the tragedies of Aeschylus, Sophocles, and Euripides to explore popular religious beliefs and practices of Athenians in the fifth and fourth centuries B.C. and examines how these playwrights portrayed, manipulated, and otherwise represented popular religion in their plays. He discusses the central role of honor in ancient Athenian piety and shows that the values of popular piety are not only reflected but also reaffirmed in tragedies.
Mikalson begins by examining what tragic characters and choruses have to say about the nature of the gods and their intervention in human affairs. Then, by tracing the fortunes of diverse characters -- among them Creon and Antigone, Ajax and Odysseus, Hippolytus, Pentheus, and even Athens and Troy -- he shows that in tragedy those who violate or challenge contemporary popular religious beliefs suffer, while those who support these beliefs are rewarded.
The beliefs considered in Mikalson's analysis include Athenians' views on matters regarding asylum, the roles of guests and hosts, oaths, the various forms of divination, health and healing, sacrifice, pollution, the religious responsibilities of parents, children, and citizens, homicide, the dead, and the afterlife. After summarizing the vairous forms of piety and impiety related to these beliefs found in the tragedies, Mikalson isolates "honoring the gods" as the fundamental concept of Greek piety. He concludes by describing the different relationships of the three tragedians to the religion of their time and their audience, arguing that the tragedies of Euripides most consistently support the values of popular religion.

The Sacred and Civil Calendar of the Athenian Year (Hardcover): Jon D. Mikalson The Sacred and Civil Calendar of the Athenian Year (Hardcover)
Jon D. Mikalson
R1,901 Discovery Miles 19 010 Ships in 7 - 11 working days

From epigraphical, archaeological, and literary evidence Jon D. Mikalson has here assembled all relevant data concerning the dates of Athenian festivals, religious ceremonies, and legislative assemblies. This information has been used to revise and update our knowledge of the calendar as it reflects Athenian life. The facts and conclusions that emerge from the author's analysis correct some earlier assumptions. He brings to light new information concerning the meeting days of the Athenian Assembly and the Council, and establishes the days of the monthly festivals. Annual festivals are either dated exactly or fixed within closer time limits. The result of the author's rigorous approach is a collection of reliable evidence as to what religious and secular activities occurred on specific days of the Athenian year. Originally published in 1976. The Princeton Legacy Library uses the latest print-on-demand technology to again make available previously out-of-print books from the distinguished backlist of Princeton University Press. These editions preserve the original texts of these important books while presenting them in durable paperback and hardcover editions. The goal of the Princeton Legacy Library is to vastly increase access to the rich scholarly heritage found in the thousands of books published by Princeton University Press since its founding in 1905.

Ancient Greek Religion 2e + Religion in the Roman Empire (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition): Jon D. Mikalson Ancient Greek Religion 2e + Religion in the Roman Empire (Paperback, 2nd Revised edition)
Jon D. Mikalson
R1,182 Discovery Miles 11 820 Ships in 12 - 17 working days

A two-book set on religion in ancient Greece and Rome This book set features two titles: Religion in the Roman Empire and the second edition of Ancient Greek Religion. The book on Greek religion is an introduction to ancient religious practices and beliefs. It describes the ancient religions that pre-date the Bible, which are characterized by ritual. This book by experts is a guide to these beliefs and religious experiences, brought into greater focus through maps, a glossary, illustrations and photos. Religion in the Roman Empire provides an introduction to Graeco-Roman beliefs. It also discusses regional religions, such as those found in Egypt. The features of religion in the Roman world are presented by sharing various materials with the reader, from literature to monuments.

Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars (MP3 format, CD): Jon D. Mikalson Herodotus and Religion in the Persian Wars (MP3 format, CD)
Jon D. Mikalson; Read by Drew Birdseye
R211 R169 Discovery Miles 1 690 Save R42 (20%) Out of stock
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