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    Cultic Theatres and Ritual Drama: Regional Development and Religious Interchange Between East and West in Antiquity (Aarhus Studies in Mediterranean Antiquity) (Hardback) By (author) Inge Nielsen

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    DescriptionThis well-illustrated book thoroughly investigates the relations between East and West in the Ancient world as seen through the lens of ancient religious practices. The author has concentrated on one aspect of the cult, the ritual drama, and its setting, the cultic theatre. The point of departure is the presence of a great amount of theatrical structures in the sanctuaries in Greece and Italy. Many of these structures were not proper theatres in the modern sense of the word, but rather primitive rows of seats, 'a place to watch from'. These structures have never before been examined from a functional viewpoint, and the author proposes that their primary raison d'etre was the performance of ritual dramas at the great seasonal feasts. For various reasons, which she describes, the author points to the relative obscurity of this religious institution in the Greek and Roman world, and notes that as a result, it has received scant attention from scholars. In contrast, it is well known that ritual dramas had been performed in the distant past at the great seasonal feasts of the Orient, and the book includes an excellent overview of the development of this institution as well as the setting chosen for it in the Egyptian, Syrio-Phoenician and Anatolian cults, both in their homelands and in their new host countries in the West. This is a fascinating book for archaeologists and classicists, as well as for anthropologists and historians of religion, but it also gives food for thought for those who simply want to learn more about Oriental religious practices and the origins of theatre.

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    Cultic Theatres and Ritual Drama
    Regional Development and Religious Interchange Between East and West in Antiquity
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Inge Nielsen
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 395
    Width: 170 mm
    Height: 240 mm
    Thickness: 25 mm
    Weight: 1,045 g
    ISBN 13: 9788772888798
    ISBN 10: 8772888792

    B&T Book Type: NF
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    DC21: 930
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    Aarhus University Press
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    Aarhus University Press
    Publication date
    01 November 2002
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    Table of contents
    Introduction: Ritual Drama; Cultic Theatre; The Structure of the Present Volume; I. Egypt; II. The Near East; III. Anatolia; IV. The Greek Area; V. Italy; VI. Introduction; VII. The Egyptian Gods; VIII. The Syrio-Phoenician Gods; IX. The Anatolian Gods; X. Conclusion; Index.