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    DescriptionMost 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."


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    Title
    Athenian Popular Religion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Jon D. Mikalson
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 192
    Width: 125 mm
    Height: 204 mm
    Thickness: 15 mm
    Weight: 236 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9780807841945
    ISBN 10: 0807841943
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.6
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 01
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    B&T General Subject: 431
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25420
    Ingram Theme: APPR/RDRCAT
    Ingram Subject Code: RS
    Libri: I-RS
    BISAC V2.8: REL072000
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 02
    B&T Approval Code: A13250000
    B&T Merchandise Category: UP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002010
    DC21: 292.08
    DC22: 292.08, 292/.08
    BISAC V2.8: REL033000
    LC classification: BL793.A76 M54 1983, L793.A76M5
    Thema V1.0: NK, QRS
    Edition
    New edition
    Edition statement
    New edition
    Illustrations note
    black & white illustrations
    Publisher
    The University of North Carolina Press
    Imprint name
    The University of North Carolina Press
    Publication date
    30 September 1987
    Publication City/Country
    Chapel Hill
    Review quote
    This is certainly one of the best studies of Greek religion to appear in the last twenty years."Historians"