In this book Walter Burkert, the most eminent living historian of ancient Greek religion, has produced the standard work for our time on that subject First published in German in 1977, it has now been translated into English with the assistance of the author himself A clearly structured and readable survey for students and scholars, it will be welcomed as the best modern account of any polytheistic religious system.Burkert draws on archaeological discoveries, insights from other disciplines, and inscriptions in Linear B to reconstruct the practices and beliefs of the Minoan Mycenaean age The major part of his book is devoted to the archaic and classical epochs He describes the various rituals of sacrifice and libation and explains Greek beliefs about purification He investigates the inspiration behind the great temples at Olympia, Delphi, Delos, and the Acropolis discussing the priesthood, sanctuary, and oracles Considerable attention is given to the individual gods, the position of the heroes, and beliefs about the afterlife The different festivals are used to illuminate the place of religion in the society of the city state The mystery cults, at Eleusis and among the followers of Bacchus and Orpheus, are also set in that context The book concludes with an assessment of the great classical philosophers attitudes to religion.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 Throughout, the notes updated for the English language edition afford a wealth of further references as the text builds up its coherent picture of what is known of the religion of ancient Greece....
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Greek Religion Reviews
This is a dense, dense book that assumes you know a decent amount about Ancient Greece. It goes very in-depth on all sorts of different aspects of it and also includes a lot of analysis and interpretation. When we think of "Greek religion" today we often picture some fantastic stories about a bunch of gods acting naughty. The author here works to describe it as much more than that, as a real concrete thing that defined social mores and united people in their day-to-day lives. I think he is largely successful. To understand the Greeks we must understand their religion, and I highly recommend this book to anyone trying to understand the Greeks. You can turn to virtually any random page and discover something new.
With all the texts dealing with the ancient world, Burkert's is right up there among the 'must read' list. Burkert offers a definitive review of Greek Religion from the time of the Minoans right up until the early phases of Roman influence. I particularly found the section on the gods (ch. 3) compelling and a foundation for further reading. After reading this text cover to cover I feel I have attained a solid grounding in the basics of how the Greeks worshiped and how the Romans adopted their deities into the Roman pantheon.
Got this as a reference for a book I'm writing. In depth, well-written, excellent index. Matches related volumes then goes deeper. When an issue is unclear from the historical or archaeological record, the author will tell you what he thinks makes sense and why. I find his logic quite sound.
Walter Burkert's "Greek Religion" is an intense survey of Hellenistic religious beliefs from their earliest Minoan and Mycennean antecedents. 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.
Walter Burkert does an excellent, well-researched job of presenting ancient Greek religion as it really was, drawing heavily on archaeological findings, classical texts and literature. He is skeptical and rational and does not veer off into flakey New Age Pagan tangents. There is a plethora of rich information here. A must-have for the serious Greek culture student.
A great introduction to Greek Religion. This book was quite informative and is a great addition to my library.
Great book, quickly shipped!
Walter Burkert's Greek Religion is a classic in the field.