• Dance and Ritual Play in Greek Religion

    Dance and Ritual Play in Greek Religion (Ancient Society and History) (Hardback) By (author) Steven H. Lonsdale


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    DescriptionIn private and in public life, the ancient Greeks danced to express divine adoration and human festivity. They danced at feasts and choral competitions, at weddings and funerals, in observance of the cycles of both nature and human existence. Formal and informal dances marked the rhythms of life and death. In "Dance and Ritual Play in Greek Religion", Steven Lonsdale looks at how the Greeks themselves regarded the act of dance, and how dance and related forms of ritual play in Greek religious festivals served a wide variety of functions in Greek society. The act of worship, he explains, often implied engaging in collective rites regulated by playful behaviour, the most common forms of which were group hymns and choral dances. Dance became a vital part of participation in the cults of divinities like Artemis and Apollo, who oversaw the emergence of young men and women into adult society, and in festivals, where groups of all ages came into contact with one another and with their own youthful, playful nature. As a result, dance satisfied several vital objectives: training the young for marriage and for battle; maintaining the morale of the population at large; and honouring the gods.

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    Dance and Ritual Play in Greek Religion
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Steven H. Lonsdale
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 139 mm
    Height: 152 mm
    Thickness: 33 mm
    Weight: 600 g
    ISBN 13: 9780801845949
    ISBN 10: 0801845947

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.7
    BIC E4L: PER
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1QDAG
    BIC subject category V2: HRKP, HRLF, HRAX
    BISAC V2.8: SOC022000, PER000000
    BIC subject category V2: ASD
    BISAC V2.8: HIS002000
    DC20: 306.484
    LC classification: BL788.L66
    Imprint name
    Publication date
    01 September 1993
    Publication City/Country
    Baltimore, MD
    Review quote
    "This book offers a thorough and detailed review of the evidence for the function of dance to "express divine adoration and human festivity in Greek culture."--'New England Classical Newsletter and Journal'