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By Daniel Ogden

This significant addition to Blackwell’s partners to the traditional global sequence covers all facets of faith within the historical Greek international from the archaic, throughout the classical and into the Hellenistic period.

Written via a panel of foreign experts.
Focuses on non secular existence because it used to be skilled via Greek women and men at assorted instances and in several places.
Features significant sections on neighborhood non secular platforms, sacred areas and formality, and the divine.

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Classicists too are now urging us to consider what preconditions make any cultural exchange a possibility and to define with greater rigor the modalities of transmission in both directions (Johnston 1999a; Raaflaub 2000). Other scholars question whether one can legitimately speak about ‘‘religion’’ in cultures that possess no corresponding word for it. Indeed, some wonder whether any proposed taxonomy for religion can account for its inherent diversity and plurality of forms, or whether any taxonomy can be free from ideology (Smith 2004:169, 171–2, 179).

For all this city’s greatness and importance, evidence for religious life there is scarce: only a tiny amount of the city’s literature survives by comparison with that of the heydays of Athens or Rome; its archaeology has been destroyed by two millennia of continuous occupation; and the papyri are less helpful than they are for other Greco-Egyptian topics. And so it is difficult to chart the progress of the city’s religious system from blank piece of paper upon foundation in 331 BC to the ‘‘palimpsest’’ it had become in late antiquity.

Lloyd Llewellyn-Jones (Chapter 27) analyzes the silver screen’s response to classical mythological subjects. Mass-market movies often respond to ancient myths in a more vital fashion than does art-house cinema: they are more inclined to appropriate the myths and creatively rework them in the spirit familiar in antiquity itself. The study focuses on the projection of the gods and their differentiation from mortals in two mass-market Ray Harryhausen films, Jason and the Argonauts and Clash of the Titans.

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