Artl. no: A8XVIII
Published in: Stockholm 2005
Pages: 230
Language: English
ISBN10: 9179160492
ISBN13: 978-91-7916-049-4
Soft cover
Price: 400.00 SEK


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Greek Sacrificial Ritual. Olympian and Chthonian.

Proceedings of the Sixth International Seminar on Ancient Greeek Cult, 25-27 April 1997.

A collection of eighteen papers, read or circulated at an international seminar in Göteborg, that deal with the ancient Greek sacrificial ritual, with special reference to the traditional dichotomy of the Olympian and the chthonian aspect, the relevance of which has been questioned in modern research. Among the special topics discussed are sacrifices to heroes and in the cult of the dead, magical sacrifice, sacrifice to the sea, pig sacrifice and the sacrifice of pregnant animals. Other aspects dealt with include the role of dedications in the cult and the practicalities of ruler-cult, further the priest’s role in Greek sacrifice. Several contributions discuss the implications of the recently published lex sacra from Selinous for the understanding of Greek sacrificial practice, reinterpreting previously known inscriptions in the light of the new evidence.
Two papers deal with descriptions of sacrifice in Greek tragedy (Aeschylus, Oresteia; Sophocles, Trachiniae). There is a bibliographical survey of faunal remains from Greek sanctuaries and a special study comparing the animal bones from sacrifices to the god Poseidon and those from sacrifices to the hero Melikertes-Palaimon at Isthmia.

Keywords: altar, animal sacrifice, cult of the dead, gods, heroes, lex sacra, magical sacrifice, pig sacrifice, pregnant animals, priest, ruler-cult, sacrificial imagery, tragedy.
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