Introducing New Gods: The Politics of Athenian Religion

Introducing New Gods: The Politics of Athenian Religion


By (author) Robert Garland

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  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 160mm x 236mm x 25mm | 522g
  • Publication date: 1 May 1992
  • Publication City/Country: Ithaca
  • ISBN 10: 0801427665
  • ISBN 13: 9780801427664
  • Edition statement: New.
  • Illustrations note: 30 halftones, 14 line drawings

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The religious imagination of the Greeks, Robert Garland observes, was populated by divine beings whose goodwill could not be counted upon, and worshipers faced a heavy burden of choice among innumerable deities to whom they might offer their devotion. These deities and Athenian polytheism itself remained in constant flux as cults successively came into favor and waned. Examining the means through which the Athenians established and marketed cults, this handsomely illustrated book is the first to illuminate the full range of motives political and economic, as well as spiritual that prompted them to introduce new gods."

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"Introducing New Gods proposes new and provocative ways to view the religious history of ancient Athens. By contextualizing the topic, Robert Garland demonstrates that the relationship between the community and its cults was a dynamic one. He not only avoids skepticism concerning the spiritual content of ancient Greek religion, but forces us to confront modern prejudices." Paula Perlman, University of Texas"