Cults and Rites in Ancient Greece Essays on Religion and by Michael H. Jameson, Allaire B. Stallsmith

By Michael H. Jameson, Allaire B. Stallsmith

This quantity assembles fourteen hugely influential articles written via Michael H. Jameson over a interval of approximately fifty years, edited and up to date by means of the writer himself. They characterize either the scope and the signature form of Jameson's engagement with the topic of historical Greek faith. the gathering enhances the unique guides in methods: first of all, it makes the articles extra available; and secondly, the amount deals readers a special chance to watch that over virtually 5 a long time of scholarship Jameson built a particular technique, a signature sort, a specific standpoint, a fashion of having a look that can probably be fittingly referred to as a 'Jamesonian approach' to the learn of Greek faith. This process, recognizable in every one article separately, turns into unmistakable throughout the focus of papers accumulated the following. The details of the Jamesonian procedure are insightfully mentioned within the 5 introductory essays written for this quantity via prime international experts on polis faith.

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A. Thompson, “Excavations in the Athenian Agora 1949: Stoa Poikile,” Hesperia 19, 1950, 327–9. 9 10 Part I Gods and Heroes the hero Cychreus of Salamis appeared in the form of a snake on the Greek ships (Paus. 1). Before the same battle, a cloud of dust from which issued the Iacchus cry of the Eleusinian mysteries moved towards the Greek camp, testifying to divine support for the Greeks and the impending doom of the Persians (Hdt. 65). 2 If we consider who the figures are who give aid at such crises, we see that the heroes usually have some special connection with the place or the people, as in the case of Ajax and Telamon on Salamis (Hdt.

Le Orse di Brauron: Un Rituale di Iniziazione Femminile nel Santuario di Artemide, Pisa 2002, 13–27, and my “Initiation: A Concept with a Troubled History,” in D. B. Dodd and C. A. , Initiation in Greek Rituals and Narratives: New Critical Perspectives, London 2003, 3–24. A somewhat more explicit reconstruction of an evolution concerns the way Echetlaeus developed from the plow-handle to a fully fledged plow hero: the starting point is again a ritual, the prayer for success while grasping the plow-handle.

IG ii2 5006), conducted by the family of the Bouzygae who traced their descent from the original Bouzyges who first yoked oxen to the plow. 15 The intent of all three plowings, we may be sure, was to procure a good crop by ensuring that all the plowing in Attica was performed properly and with the good will of the appropriate divinities. A similar state ceremony is performed in Thailand. 16 15 16 See O. Kern, “Arotoi ieroi,” RE II, 1896, 1215–17; L. Deubner, Attische Feste, Berlin 1932, 46–8; C.

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